JAMES TYREE JR. James Wilbur Tyree Jr., 63, a baccarat dealer, of
Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 31, 2010. The funeral was previously held at
Lytle Funeral Home. Burial was at Springdale Cemetery, both in Madison,
James Wilbur Tyree, Jr., was born July 12, 1947, in Tulsa, Oklahoma son
of James Wilbur Tyree, Sr. and Thelma Ward Tyree. This only child was
called "Jimmy" by his family and "Tree" by his friends. Jimmy attended
schools throughout the United States and two foreign countries. He
graduated, in 1965, from Wiesbaden High School, Germany, formerly known
as General H.H. Arnold High School, Wiesbaden Germany, home of the
He attended Ohio University, Athens, Ohio on a football scholarship and
was a 1968 football letterwinner. He was a member of the most explosive
Ohio University Bobcat team ever that stormed its way to a 10-0 regular
season, a MAC championship, and an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl. The
1968 season also marked Ohio University's first ever appearance in the
Top 20. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1969 from Ohio
University. Jimmy was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Jimmy worked in the gaming industry for more than twenty years. In the
early 1970's, he was one of the first Blacks to work the front desk at
the Tropicana Casino and also to stand floor at Bunion's Horseshoe.
Throughout his career he worked at a number of renowned places including
the Sands, Circus Circus, and the Excalibur Resort and Casino.
Jimmy is survived by his two daughters, Shonda Marie Crable and SiMone
Tyree; a son, Sean Tyree; and four grandchildren, Lana Marie Curtis,
Camille Alann Curtis, Adrian Charles Henderickson, and Neveah
Weathersbee; an aunt Clearese Tyree; and a host of cousins and friends.
Visition will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 AM Saturday at Lytle Funeral Chapel.
A private family gathering will conclude the arrangements at Springdale Cemetery.