Port Deposit man dies in farming accident

George E. Tyson died in a farm accident Monday.
George E. Tyson died in a farm accident Monday. (Crouch Funeral Home, Homestead Publishing)

A Port Deposit-area retired milk inspector, who died after an accident on his farm Monday, will be remembered Friday and Saturday.

Viewings for 74-year-old George E. Tyson will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 S. Main St. in North East, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 1811 Hopewell Road in Port Deposit, according to Mr. Tyson's obituary.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Jay Bunting officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Tyson had worked as a milk inspector with Dairy Farmers of America, and was also a "lifelong farmer," according to the obituary.


"It was just such a shock," Mr. Tyson's widow, Patricia, said of his death Thursday.

Patricia Tyson, 69, described him as "a wonderful husband and a very caring father." They had been married for nearly six and a half years.

"His life after retirement was devoted to hay baling and his very large vegetable garden," she added.

Patricia Tyson said she was outside Monday evening watching as Mr. Tyson and a farmhand worked on the 120-acre farm off Theodore Road, which has been in Mr. Tyson's family since the mid-1800s.

They were loading manure stored in a barn and then transporting it to be spread on the fields with a tractor, which Mr. Tyson was driving.

She said he stopped by where she was and told her to "call the Marshalls," family friends. She went inside and while she was on the phone, the farmhand yelled to her to call 911.

"They were the last words he said to me, 'Call the Marshalls,' " Patricia Tyson recalled.

Mr. Tyson's first wife, Charlotte Wood Tyson, had died in 2002, and he and Patricia met in September 2005 during a community event at Hopewell United Methodist Church.

Those in attendance had to solve an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, and Patricia and Mr. Tyson were at the same table.

"Before we left that night he asked if I was by myself," she said.

Patricia Tyson told him she was alone, other than her dogs and her adult daughter, Georgia Thomas, who is now 29 and lives in Essex with her husband.

He called her a few days later and asked her out to dinner. He proposed in September 2006, and they were married on Nov. 11, 2006, which was also Veterans Day.


"It just happened to fall on a Saturday that year and everybody was available and so that's what we did," she said.

Mr. Tyson, who had three adult children from his previous marriage, became a stepfather to Patricia's daughter.

"They got along great," she said of their relationship. "He would tease her and she would tease him. He was good to her; they got along fine."

Lt. Michael Holmes, spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, said the farmhand had observed the tractor running without a driver, and then found Mr. Tyson lying in a field, face down but still conscious.

He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead.

Holmes said the Sheriff's Office investigation indicated Mr. Tyson had fallen off the tractor and then been run over.

Holmes said the Sheriff's Office is waiting on a final report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Mr. Tyson is survived by his children, Dr. Daryl L. Tyson of Prince George, Va., Dr. Dean A. Tyson of Easton and Laura L. Jones of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., stepdaughter Georgia Thomas of Essex, their four respective spouses, sister Naomi Gross of Lewes, Del., and two grandchildren, Justin and Claire Tyson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hopewell United Methodist Church.

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