John Frank Tyndall

john tyndall

August 4, 1927 ~ May 25, 2024

Born in: Kinston, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

John Frank Tyndall, 96, died on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at his home.

A native of Kinston, NC, John was a son of the late Willie and Martha Evada McDaniel Tyndall. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Goodrich Tyndall; second wife, Helen Steelman Tyndall; and by 16 of his siblings.

John grew up on a farm in Duplin Co., NC. He graduated from B.F. Grady High School, Class of ’45. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman on the U.S.S. Fargo during World War II, and on the U.S.S. Botetourt in the Korean Conflict. John graduated from the original Wake Forest College in between his tours of duty with the Navy. He later retired from American Enka Corp. following a 35-year career.

He was an active member of Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church until his health declined in recent years. John loved traveling, woodworking, reading and spending time with his family. He also very much loved the hot dogs at The Salty Goat, in Leicester, and beginning his days by listening to “El Paso” by Marty Robbins.

Mr. Tyndall is survived by his children, John F. Tyndall, II (Sandra), of Austin, TX, Richard Tyndall (Sharon), of Georgetown, SC, Fran Lee (David), of Fletcher, NC, Charlene Martin, of Leicester, NC, and Levonne Mrozinski (Mark), of Arlington Heights, IL; brother, Paul Tyndall, West Asheville; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

His family will receive friends beginning at noon on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Ricky Townsend will officiate. Burial, with Naval honors, will then take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Candler.

His family gives special thanks to Jianna Cooper and April Tandon with Comfort Keepers for their four years of excellent care and compassion. The family also thanks CarePartners Hospice for their care in John’s last days.

Memorials may be made to the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 909, Asheville, NC 28802, or to MANNA Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805.


Visitation: June 10, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: June 10, 2024 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: May 10, 2024 2:15 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Rd.
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Amanda, I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandfather. You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.

  2. Fran, Charlene, Vonnie & family: I always enjoyed seeing Mr. John & ya’ll at The Salty Goat. It was very evident that he was loved and given good care. In Sympathy, Freda & Steve Woody.

  3. Richard, Sharon and family, we send our Love and Prayers for peace to you all. Love Shawn and Kim Surrett

  4. John and Richard this is one of your
    Alumni Enka classmate and band member Jan Echerd Bailey. So sorry for the loss of your dad. My condolences and prayers will be with you and your family at this time. 🙏

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