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Joseph Paul Tyree was the founder of Tyree Funeral Home. Prior to engaging in the funeral business, Joe Tyree ran a sawmill which in times past was a fairly natural progression. A sawmill owner or carpenter who provided wood and built caskets easily moved into providing other services and merchandise for the care of the dead. It was in 1915 that he started his funeral business in his barn at Maynor. In 1920 he moved the business to Pax where he operated for several years. At this same time he had a funeral home in Fayetteville and opened his first Oak Hill facility in 1927.

Joe was issued license number 557 to practice the "Science of Embalming" in the state of West Virginia on 20 September 1921. Wording on that license says "by virtue of the act passed February 24, 1899" - wow! that was a day or two ago. He became a WV licensed Funeral Director on December 1, 1933 - license number 329. Joe was in partnership with A.G. Sevy for about seven years and later with Robert Dew. However, since the late 1930's Tyree Funeral Home has been soley owned and operated by the Tyree family. In 1955 a branch office was established in Mount Hope.

The picture shown above was taken in 1935 on Main Street of Oak Hill. This handsome group of men are from left to right, Gussie Tyree, Joe Tyree, Rev. Shirley Donnelly, Robert Dew and James Alexander. The automobile is a 1935 Oldsmobile Ambulance/Hearse Combo. In the background you can see the home of A.G. Sevy on the right and Oak Hill Hospital on the left. For those familiar with Oak Hill, you will recognize the beautiful stone wall which still stands today in front of Plateau Medical Center.


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