Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville


August 10, 1993

Ex-Mount Airy resident slain in Georgia robbery

A former Mount Airy resident who became well-known in Georgia for his opposition to the governor's plan to remove the Confederate battle emblem from that state's flag was shot to death on Valdosta, Ga., nightclub floor during a robbery.

Jay Tyson, 45, of Pinetta, Fla., died of a chest wound Friday night, Lowndes County Coroner Charles Exum said.

A sheriff's department report said Mr. Tyson was shot by one of two men who were robbing the nightclub. The two men, who were wearing ski masks, escaped.

The owner of the bar, 60-year-old Cliff Williams of Clyattville, also was shot during the robbery. He was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the knee and released.

Mr. Tyson drew public attention two months ago when he put up a sign on land he owns along Interstate-75 that said "To Hell With Zell" in protest of Gov. Zell Miller's efforts to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Mr. Tyson did not live on the land.

Civil rights leaders are pushing the change, saying the Confederate flag is a symbol of racial discrimination.

Mr. Tyson's sign still stands opposite the Georgia Visitor's Information Center near the Florida line and is visible to northbound drivers on the interstate.

He was a 1967 graduate of Glenelg High in Howard County.

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