Mr. Alphonso Lee Tyler, Galesburg Chapel

81, of Galesburg, died at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Seminary Manor.

He was born August 11, 1935, in Galesburg, the son of Frank and Lucy (Kimbrough) Tyler Sr. He married Oreanda (Mason) Gatlin in 1990 at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Oreanda; a son, Andrew (and Erma) Lee of Meridian, Mississippi; five step children, Joy Wallace of Victoria, Texas, Annette Gatlin of San Diego, California, Rufus (and Bernadette) Gatlin Jr. of Apopka, Florida, and Willard Gatlin and Michael Gatlin, both of Galesburg; three sisters, Mary Henderson, Odie (Chester) Campbell, and Delores Simmons, all of Portland, Oregon; two brothers, Bond (Pervie) Tyler and Jerry (Beverly) Tyler, both of Portland; four sisters-in-law, Mary Shaw, Wanda Reading, and Betty White, all of Galesburg and Hester Maltbie of Kansas City, Kansas; two brothers-in-law, Johnny Davis and Monroe White, both of Galesburg; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Dorothy Pillard, Mildred Congress, Malinda Simmons, Patricia VanNorman and Annie Ruth Griffin; and one brother, Frank Tyler Jr.

Alphonso worked as a clerk for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He served in the United States Army.  He was a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church.  Alphonso enjoyed fishing and gardening.  He was an owner, trainer, and breeder of Standard Bred Horses.  His horse was named Al’s Amber Tea.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Friday, February 17, 2017 at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral service will follow at noon with Rev. Toby Carlos officiating. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is handling arrangements for the family. Online condolences may be made at


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7 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. Alphonso Lee Tyler, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. My Condolences DEAR Cousin I am saddened to hear about your family loss. I pray for you and your family.

  2. Praying that God will comfort and keep you in His care continually.

  3. Condolences to the family, we were friends for many years and certainly enjoyed his friendship.

  4. We send our Sympathy to the family

  5. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family. May GOD give you strength, peace and love during this difficult time.

    433 East First Street
    Galesburg, Illinois 61401
    Rev. L. Cato, Sr.
    Church Number (309)337-1686 Fax Number (309)297-4486 February 16, 2016
    To the family of Mr Alphonso Tyler ,
    Once again we find ourselves bowed down in humble submission to the divine will of almighty God.
    Be assured that the passing of your loved one was his will and that all things done by him are not to be doubted even through we don’t understand.
    We hope that these few words will comfort you in the tomorrow’s to come.
    There is promise in each sunrise.
    There is hope for each new day;
    There’s a sunbeam for each raindrop,
    There is help along the way.
    There is faith for all life’s problems,
    There is strength for the trials you face,
    There is mercy and compassion,
    Even in life’s darkest place.
    That makes all life’s sorrows dim.
    When you place your hand in God’s hand,
    And walk life’s path with him.
    We, the Pastor and Members know that he will be missed.
    Respectfully Submitted
    Rev Marlon Williams Sr.
    Church Clerk
    Annette Cato

  7. Our sincere condolences to the family.

    Kim Moss

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