Linda Harris Tyler Long, 59, was suddenly called home on Monday, September 5, 2011. Born in Madison, on March 15, 1952, Linda was the daughter of the late Amelia Harrell Harris and Rayford Harris. She grew up in Madison before moving with her family to Valdosta, Ga. in the late 1960’s. She met and married the love of her life, William Russell Tyler, Jr. Linda was a homemaker and a loving mother. When her children were older, she went to work at Bayliner Manufacturing, then Shaw Industries and most recently worked for Lowe’s Distribution Center. She loved her dogs and doted on them. A member of Lifeline Ministries and formerly a member of Harvest Church of God, Linda loved her church and her church family. She enjoyed growing flowers, eating and spending time with family.
Survivors include her three daughters and sons in law, Roxie and Jimmy Deese of Lakeland, Ga. Beth and Mark Selph, Angela and Greg Infinger of Valdosta; three sisters and brothers in law, Judy and Larry Lyons of Quitman, Ga., Evelyn and James White of Stockton, Ga., Nancy and Robert McLeod of Valdosta, Ga.; grandchildren, Rhonda Hightower and fiance Billy Smith, Justin Thornton, Evan Selph, Samantha Hightower and fiancé Brandon Wright, Lisa Shaw, Ethan Selph, Cole Thornton, Tyler Shaw and Brandon Shaw all of Valdosta; special cousin, Debbie Manwarren of Lakeland, Ga.; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Russell Tyler, Jr. and Russell Wayne Long, daughter, Virginia Ann Tyler, and sisters, Debbie Harris and Bonnie Holmes.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home in Valdosta, Ga.. Reverend George Ehling and Reverend Joey Castleberry will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Madison. Family and friends will gather for visitation on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.