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Woman shot to death at home By ANNA BROWN Morningside Baptist Church pastor Dr. Aulbrey Calvert says Rebecca Tyler had a gentle spirit and was a faithful worker at church.
“She was just as kind-hearted of a person as you would ever want to meet,” he said. “She was very involved with our nursery and the children's ministry at our church. She was just a sweetheart. She was kindhearted and easy going and a real asset to our church.”
Tyler, 61, known affectionately as “Wally” to family and friends, was found dead at her home on 1303 River Road Friday. Sheriff David Taylor said she had been shot.
Taylor said fellow employees with Tyler at New Image Group (CPE Felt) were concerned because she did not report for work, which was out of character for her. They went to her house around 11:30 a.m.
“The human resources person and the (plant manager) went down to check on her and found her,” he said. “The coroner's office was called and they called us.”
The State Law Enforcement Division was called in to assist the sheriff's office in processing the crime scene. Taylor said the sheriff's office bloodhounds also were used in the investigation.
Taylor said law officers believe Tyler knew her killer. Robbery did not appear to be a motive.
“There is not a threat to the community,” he said. “The person went out there with intentions of doing this.”
Tyler's husband, Larry, another hard worker at Morningside Baptist Church, died suddenly on Sept. 28 at their home. Calvert said Larry's death also was a blow to the church.
“Larry was a backbone of our church,” he said. “We hated to lose him. This (Rebecca's death) just seems to have come out of left field. We are all curious for the police to figure out what happened.”
New Image Group plant manager Joey Duncan said the New Image family was shocked to learn of Tyler's death and she was both an employee and a friend. "She was always more concerned with giving to others than having for herself. We will be in prayer for her daughter, Jenifer and all of her family."