Tyler Jacobus

tyler jacobus

February 20, 1993 ~ July 7, 2020

Born in: Orlando, FL
Resided in: Weaverville, NC

Tyler Jacobus, 27, unexpectedly departed from us on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

Tyler was born in Orlando, Florida on February 20, 1993. He lived most of his childhood years in Palm City, Florida. He was the son of Phillip and Gail (Winbon) Jacobus. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancée, Rhonda Becker; and his sister, Emily (Villegas) Gibson (husband Tyler & daughter Delaney). Tyler is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins on both the Jacobus and Winbon side of the family.

Tyler had a special connection with animals, especially with his beloved and recently passed dog Korey. She was a special member of the family and went on many adventures with Tyler. Within the past couple months, he was developing a relationship with newly adopted member of the family, pup Maxwell.

So many defining qualities of a good person were the embodiment of Tyler. He had a calm and steady hand, heart, and head. He was always willing to listen – anything from your troubles to the mundane. Tyler had a knack for making others feel as if they were the most important person in the world, because to him, they were. He cultivated many lasting and meaningful friendships in his short time here with us. Tyler was a kind and gentle man, both thoughtful and thought-provoking. Always ready with a quick quip, he could make anyone smile and laugh. He defied formality at every chance he could and enjoyed being carefree and lighthearted.

Tyler was an avid outdoorsman and celebrated spending time in nature. He frequently took advantage of all his beautiful surroundings and hiked, camped, boated, fished, and most recently began mountain biking adventures…you name it, he probably enjoyed it. He was always up for an adventure if it involved the outdoors. He frequently attended musical events in outdoor spaces with friends. Among his other hobbies, Tyler enjoyed cooking, reading historical books, and watching Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films. Tyler reveled in spending time to figure out how things worked, taking them apart and putting them back together again. He was handy and appreciated fixing things.

Tyler was one of the most exceptional and kind souls to pass through our lives, and he will be profoundly missed by both his family and friends. A small gathering is being held on Sunday July 12, 2020 to remember Tyler and his remarkable life. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to http://fragmentsofhope.org/membership/ to honor Tyler’s love of the ocean and its conservation.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. No amount of words can express the pain that you are going through. We are sending you love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength during this dark time.

  2. Prayers and thoughts for Tyler’s parents, sister and fiance. My heart aches and hurts for them at this sudden and shocking passing of dear Tyler. Words are hard to find at such a time. Please know that my prayers for comfort, grace and strength will continue always for you. Much love always. Bill & Deborah

  3. My heart hurts for you all. Such an unexpected and tragic loss. I didn’t know Tyler, but I know he put a brilliant smile on Rhonda’s face and that was all I needed to know he was the best of men. I know he’s going to be missed and I’m praying so hard for you all.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and also with my sweet friend, Rhonda. My heart aches for you all, may you all find comfort in each other in this difficult time.

  5. “… and the greatest of these is love.” Rhonda, such a special love you gave and felt, as did Tyler, during these past years. I did not know Tyler, but you both had such big smiles when you were together that he had to be a most wonderful man. May his arms always embrace you from the heavens. Godspeed healing to the long list of broken hearts he leaves behind…

  6. So sorry for you guys praying for comfort.
    The Woody Strickland family
    Woody,Sonya,Mary Ashton,Matt,Ms Payten and Sawyer

  7. Words seem so inadequate at this time. While I had never met Tyler, I have known Gail for many years and knew how proud she was of him. Family is everything to her. We’re sending our deepest condolences to Tyler’s family, fiancee and friends. Gail, I’m also sending prayers, hugs and lots of love!!

  8. The couple of times I met Tyler it was very clear that he lived life to its fullest that he strived to leave everywhere a little bit better than he found it. Light and love radiated through him. He had a wonderful spirit and the world will greatly miss the gift that was Tyler.

  9. No words can express how deeply sorry we are. Our Lord’s arms are holding you tightly, every moment of every day. He is there for you and He always will be there. We are covering you and your family with prayer each day.

  10. So sorry to hear about Tyler. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all the family.

  11. Gail, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved son. Know that when you don’t think you can take another step God will be there to hold you up. Bud and I are praying for God to give you comfort and strength during this time.

  12. We were so shocked and saddened to learn of Tyler’s passing, He was such a sweet, wonderful guy. Gail, Phil, Emily, Tyler and Rhonda we are so sorry.
    Love Rick, Dawn, Kevin, Eric & Marilyn

  13. Judd and I were so sad to learn of the death of Tyler. We can tell he was a wonderful son, fiance’, brother, and friend. Our hearts are broken for you all. Our prayers are with you all; as the Lord provides His strength. Gail, Phil, Emily, and Rhonda; may the Lord give you His peace that passes all understanding.

  14. We are so sorry for your loss. Anyone who met Tyler could see he was a kind, loving and gentle soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. I didn’t have the pleasure of ever meeting Tyler but it sure sounds like he embraced life to the fullest. I do know however that he made Rhonda the happiest young lady in the world! Their love was so deep and beautiful! My heart aches for Rhonda and Tyler’s family. Catch my hugs and prayers!🙏

  16. Gail and Phil, There are no words to express how my heart is breaking for you. Though I never met Tyler, I could hear in your words whenever you spoke of him, that he was a gentle soul with a way of positively effecting all he came in contact with. May you find comfort in the promise of our Lord that you will one day be with your sweet son again. Love, hugs, and prayers for you and your family.

  17. To the entire family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine what your heart feels like but please know that I will be praying for you all. Please call if there is anything I can do.
    Gail, I mean it!!!

  18. Dear Gail, Phil, Emily and Rhonda, Ray and I are thinking of you, and we are so saddened by the tragic news of Tyler’s passing. Please know that we are praying for you all, as well as, for his fiancee`. I didn’t know Tyler, but he was a beautiful child with much light which shown from his bright eyes and contagious smile as I have seen in pictures posted on FB. We may never understand in our time why this precious child was taken so soon iin his young life, but praying God gives you peace and strength for the coming days. Ray and I are so sorry for the loss of your dear Tyler.

  19. May God fill the void you are feeling right now at this unspeakable tragedy. May you sense God’s presence in so many ways in the coming months! May you feel His heart in your grief!!

  20. Gail , Sending my love and prayers to you. I can’t even imagine. The words are hard tto come out but you know my heart for you and ask God to comfort you at this time of unimaginable loss!

  21. May God give you Strength as only He can do an grant comfort to you an your family
    “I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you…Isaiah 41:10

  22. Our hearts go out to Cookie and Tyler’s family. May the joy that he spread and your memories of him bring you peace.

  23. Sooo very sorry for your loss..such a beautiful tribute to him..i did not know but I am am sure he was so proud to have you both as his parents…only the Lord can give you peace as such a time..lo’ve, blessings and prayers as you remember the precious moments with him

  24. We are so sorry and heartbroken for your loss of dear Tyler. Praying you sense the Lord’s presence, comfort and peace as He carries you through this unimaginable time of sorrow. Sending love and prayers.

  25. Gail, Although today is difficult, look back on the wonderful memories that you & family & friends share with Tyler. Have Peace today and always as you remember him with Love.
    Comfort, Courage, Prayers and Blessings

  26. We are so sorry. Sending you prayers and hugs. Tyler was a great person. He will missed dearly.

  27. I am so very sorry to hear of Tyler’s passing. My heart grieves with you. How well I remember the wonderful little boy & the joy he gave. My love and prayers are with you in this most difficult time.

  28. Dear Gail and Phillip, my most sincere sympathy is with you. I am so very sorry you have lost your dear sweet son. Life is such a mystery and seems so unfair. I will hope for your strength and love to see you through this difficult time.

  29. Tyler, such a beautiful soul and a blessing to the family. Watch over us all and give us your calm demeanor when we need it most. You’re missed by so many. My love and prayers to all those who need it in this time of mourning.

  30. Gail and Phil, our hearts break for you. May our almighty God comfort you. Thinking of you and praying for your family now and in the weeks/months ahead. Love and miss you.

  31. Phil and Gail, We truly mourn with you, but are trusting in God’s grace to see you through this “storm of storms” as well as, trusting in the promise that “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, and which has not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1Cor. 2:9). We will continue to remember you before His throne.

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