Charles “Wayne” Tynon, 69, died peacefully at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020.
Wayne was born November 15th, 1950 in Henderson, Kentucky, to Joe and Martha (Perkins) Tynon. After obtaining a journalism degree from the University of Arkansas, he followed in his father’s footsteps and began a career in the oil industry. He traveled the world in his early career then settled in Aberdeen, Scotland where he started his own business. There, he met his wife May (Smith), who he married on May 5th, 1990. Together in Scotland, they raised 4 children and then moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1999, where Wayne continued his career in the oil field and began new entrepreneurial endeavors.
Wayne loved music. He sang in a rock band while he attended high school in the United Kingdom and worked as a DJ at a radio station in Fayetteville, Arkansas while attending college. He also enjoyed movies and live theatrical performances, including musicals. Inspired by Broadway musicals, Wayne would often jokingly serenade family members in attempts to lighten the mood or to get a smile. Wayne was also an avid card player and gambler. He enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Tahoe, and Tunica, as well as frequenting local casinos. In 2005 he earned an entry into the World Series Poker Tournament – an experience which he spoke of fondly. He was always a Razorbacks fan, often attending basketball and football games, and always he knew their schedule even when he was traveling overseas. He enjoyed traveling. His travels took him to all corners of the world, but he was always happiest in his home country. Upon each return to the U.S., he looked forward to his favorite American comfort foods such as Hardee’s breakfast sandwiches, key lime pie, and Oreo cookies. His dynamic personality was what made him a truly unique individual. He never met a stranger. Wayne was a fun-loving go-getter, whose word was his bond.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Martha. He will be dearly missed by May, his loving wife of 30 years, his 4 children and their partners; Robert, Jo Johnson (Cole), Lynne (Carl Wallis), and Jonathan (Judy Dover), his brother Dwight (Ellen), his sister-in-law Rosalind McCombie (Gordon), his niece Kerry Rae (Kevin) and great-niece Melissa, his 4 grandchildren, with the 5th due in March, and his 2 fur babies, Sugar and Scruffy.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Hospital for the compassionate care provided to Wayne before his passing.
Per his wishes, no service shall be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honor to the Shriners Hospital for Children at:
or to the Charleston Dog Shelter, Lee Western Rd. Charleston, AR. We also invite you to share your warmest memory of Wayne with family and friends via social media.
Cremation was under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith, AR.
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Charles "Wayne" Tynon
6 Trees have been planted in memory of Charles "Wayne" Tynon.