Essie Mae Tyson

Published 2:50 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Ms. Essie Mae Tyson was born on May 12, 1932, to the late Rosa Lee Wellgate Tyson and Elmo Tyson. She was raised by her late devoted grandmother, Ellen Tyson. She has always been a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who she dedicated her life to at a young age. She was a member of Bethel Reform Baptist Church in Covington.

Ms. Essie Mae Tyson was married to the late George Plummer for 10 years, and then the late Felix Burkhalter for 10 years. She never had any children or siblings, but she considered Shelia Paige and Gaynell Benjamin her sisters, and Gregory and Debra Bell her adopted son and daughter.

Ms. Essie Mae Tyson graduated from Washington Parish High School in Franklinton. She then proceeded on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge. She later attended Southeastern University in Hammond, where she obtained her Master’s Degree and Special Education Certification.

Ms. Tyson was a retired schoolteacher of St. Tammany Parish, who devoted 45 years of her life to the teaching career to help make a difference. She was a presence in the community who helped to bring about many productive citizens in society.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, God called Ms. Essie M. Tyson home to peace and a resting place. She leaves to cherish many family members and friends, but especially all the students she had the honor of teaching.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 10 a.m. at Bethel Reform Church, 602 W. 29th Ave. in Covington, with Pastor Ozell Addison officiating. Interment will be in Folsom Community Cemetery.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Franklinton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at