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Richard Henry Tyer, 68, Oxon Hill

Richard Henry Tyer, 68, of Oxon Hill, formerly of Avenue, died Dec. 28, 2012.

Known as “Bubba”, he was born July 30, 1944, in Avenue, son of the late Juanita Frances Woodland Tyer and the late Joseph William Tyer.

His older brother, Joseph was a father figure to him. He loved and respected him very much. They were inseparable.

He was a cradle Catholic and a faithful member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. In 1963, he graduated from Banneker High School, St. Mary’s County. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1973. On his return home from the military, he worked as a laborer for several construction sites until he landed a job with Giant Food Warehouse, Landover, where he worked for more than 25 years until his retirement.

In his “heyday” he was known to be the life of the party with his sleek and suave hand dance moves. He loved oldies music. He was also known for his snazzy dressing. He loved Western movies and cooking shows and traveling. Williamsburg, Va., was one of his favorite vacation trips.

He is survived by his sons, Rodney Maddox of Bushwood and Terrence Tyer and his wife Mia of Temple Hills; brother, Joseph Tyer; sister-in-law, Geraldine Tyer; stepdaughters, Kimberly Mason and LaShawn Curtis and her husband Mark; nieces, Alicia Price and her husband Timmy and LaTonya Marshall and her husband Michael; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two great-nieces; devoted friend, Florence Wallace; special cousins, Edmund Armstrong, Thomas Dickerson and Martha Carter; and many other cousins and relatives.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at Thomas More Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Arrangements are being handled by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Waldorf.