Charles Tyson, 76, official of farm equipment firm

January 21, 2004

Charles Wesley Tyson, a retired dairy farm equipment production executive, died of complications from West Nile virus Sunday at his Bel Air home. He was 76, and had contracted the virus in August, his family said.

Born in Bel Air, he attended Harford County public schools before joining a family-owned business, Standard Equipment, in 1946.

Mr. Tyson was vice president of production for the Bel Air business that produced wrought-iron railings and dairy barn equipment. He also supervised its branches in Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Nevada before the business ceased operations in 1984. He later joined Shane Co., a Havre de Grace sheet metal firm, where he was a draftsman and worked until illness forced his retirement in August.

He was a master sergeant in the Maryland National Guard in the 1950s.

A woodworker in his spare time, Mr. Tyson made oak and cherry furniture for his family. He also enjoyed skiing and golf.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Road in Joppa, where he was an elder and trustee and formerly was co-chairman of the building committee.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 40 years, the former Carrie L. Magness; a son, Larry Tyson of Charlestown in Cecil County; three daughters, Dianne MacLeod of Havre de Grace and Pamela Lawhon and Suzanne Lambert, both of Bel Air; three brothers, James Tyson of Desoto, Texas, William Tyson of Babson Park, Fla., and Robert Tyson of Loxahatchee, Fla.; two sisters, Hazel Anderson of Havre de Grace and Carol Smith of Cambridge; and 10 grandchildren.

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