Tyson James Wofford


(May 13, 2004 – September 17, 2023)

Tyson James Wofford, 19, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, September 17, 2023. Born May 13, 2004, to Marshall and Racheal Wofford, Tyson was always an old soul full of love and happiness.

Tyson was raised in De Leon, Texas and graduated from De Leon High School Class of 2022. He is a perfect example of what it means to be a De Leon Bearcat. He was loyal, giving, courteous, kind, generous, encouraging, and a true leader. Tyson loved all sports, but basketball was his favorite. You could find him with a basketball in his hand almost any day. He was always a leader for the De Leon Bearcat basketball team, on and off the court. If he wasn’t playing the game himself, you could be sure he would find another way to have basketball in his life be it coaching, refereeing, or even just being a supportive fan in the stands. Tyson loved listening to all types of music, watching ESPN, and loved all kinds of food. He had an impressive shoe collection and enjoyed spending time with his dogs.

Tyson worked alongside his dad, grandfather, and grandmother in the family business (Wofford’s Used Cars) any time he was able. He was a true blessing to the family business in many ways. Not only was he extremely mechanically inclined but he had a natural knack for customer service. Everyone loved interacting with Tyson, and he represented his family business well. He was on track to graduate from TSTC in Waco this coming December with an associate degree and planned to specialize in auto paint and bodywork.

Tyson was a hustler on and off the court. He possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and was always looking for a great deal and a way to earn some extra income. He would work and save his money to buy used cars or motorcycles and would put in the mechanic hours to flip them for a profit. Tyson’s future was incredibly bright, and a void will forever remain for all who loved him.

His little sister, Mallorie, was his biggest fan and he was hers. They were incredibly close from the day she was born, and he was the best protector and big brother to her. Many describe Tyson as a true gentleman, a friend to all, and that he just lived his life to the fullest. To say goodbye to a son, grandson, brother, nephew, friend, role model, and happy spirit like Tyson at the young age of 19 is shattering, but we know he is standing in the presence of our loving God and that will bring us comfort in these times of great sorrow. We appreciate and love the many family members and friends who helped to make Tyson’s life here so wonderful.

Tyson is survived by his father, Marshall Wofford; mother, Racheal Wofford; sister, Mallorie Wofford; grandparents, Bobby and Donna Schuman, and Terry Wofford; aunts and uncles, Jessica Wofford, Daniel and Montica Woods, Bobby and Rachel Schuman, Ryan and Rachel Schuman, Ashton and Lacee Schuman; extended family; and many, many friends. He has been reunited with this Pa, Jim Bob Wofford.

The Wofford family will receive friends for visitation Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services celebrating Tyson’s life will be held Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at De Leon First Baptist Church with Minister Rick Smitherman officiating. Interment will follow in Desdemona Cemetery. Service livestream will be available at www.fbcdeleon.org.

Serving as pallbearers are Emery Amick, Trey Lopez, MJ Locke, Austin Stogsdill, Zak Sides, and J.R. Kelley. Honorary pallbearers are Jayden Wofford, Joey Hancock, Gabe Perez, and LJ Herron.

The Tyson Wofford Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at First National Bank, De Leon. Memorial suggestions to this fund would be a special way to honor Tyson and his family and benefit our community youth in his memory.

Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.

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