Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. for the Rev. Joseph E. Tysinger Sr., associate pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church.
Tysinger, 80, died Sunday, July 20, at Carolinas Medical Center from congestive heart failure.
Tysinger was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II. He worked for Celanese Corp. before becoming a minister in 1954. Tysinger served in churches around the state before retiring from Pendleton United Methodist Church in 1994 and moving to Fort Mill. In 1997, he became the associate pastor at St. John's, where he cared for the senior members of the congregation.
The Rev. John Warren, pastor of St. John's, said Tysinger visited with shut-ins and prepared programs for the church's senior members.
"Of all the ministers I know, and I know a bunch, no one loved their job more than Joe. He loved it very much," Warren said.
Tysinger is survived by his wife, Betty W. McQuay Tysinger, whom he married in 1995, and two sons. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ellen Neal Tysinger, and a son, the Rev. Joseph E. Tysinger, Jr.
Tysinger enjoyed playing golf and was an active member of the S.C. Preacher's Golf Association.
In 2006, Tysinger was awarded the title of pastor emeritus of St. John's United Methodist Church, which Warren said is akin to becoming the church's "pastor for life." He was also the recipient of the G. Ross Freeman Award by the S.C. State United Methodist Men.
The church's administrative assistant, Joy Pettit, worked with Tysinger from his first day on the job in 1997.
"He always had a funny joke to tell, always smiling," Pettit said. "He was set in his ways about things, but real nice to work with. He would do anything for you. A real sweetheart."