In Loving Memory

Janet H. Tryon

October 30, 1950 - August 18, 2023

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Janet Tryon, a beloved resident of Pensacola, Florida for many years, passed away on August 18, 2023, at the age of 72. She departed this world surrounded by her loving family, who cherished her deeply.

Janet’s life was marked by her love and compassion. She possessed a heart that radiated kindness and a spirit that touched the lives of many, both human and furry. Her dedication to the welfare of others was not only a passion but a calling. She spent countless hours volunteering with her children’s extracurricular activities then later at the Pensacola Humane Society and the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club, her favorites including “Barktoberfest”, and the Preemie Cup Regatta, which benefits Ascension Sacred Heart’s Studer Family Children’s Hospital.  She also dedicated many hours to bringing her wider community together for fun, including organizing social events, belonging to a mystic society along with other social organizations, and being a founding member of the Harlequin Club of Andalusia, Alabama.  Her impact on both two and four-legged friends will forever be remembered.

In addition to her commitment to others, Janet was a dedicated scholar. She graduated from Andalusia High School, where her thirst for knowledge began. She continued her learning at Troy University and earned both Masters and Specialist degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Auburn University at Montgomery.  She taught kindergarten and other lower elementary grades until moving into elementary administration, both in Alabama and Florida, until her retirement.  She could only play so much bridge after that, so she began her retirement gig with the Small Business Administration, traveling to emergency declared areas to help small businesses get back on their feet.  She did not let a free day in these new places go by without visiting a museum or cultural site to learn more about the people and area.  One of her favorite phrases was “You learn something new every day,” and she lived by it wholeheartedly.

Janet is survived by her two children and their families, daughter, Holly Tunnell Alves, her husband, Shawn, and their sons, Joseph and Will of Daphne, Alabama; and her son, Trey Tunnell, his wife, Ginny, and their daughters, Lily and Emmie, of Roswell, Georgia, all of whom she adored beyond measure; as well as brother-in-law, Robert Maxfield, of Abingdon Beach, Maryland; and nephew, Michael Maxfield, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lowell Excell Huggins and Truman and Johnnie Lou Holladay Southwell, as well as her sister, Rebecca Huggins Maxfield.  We are confident Mom was met by an entire pack of dogs at The Rainbow Bridge, and it was a party. Hope she brought enough treats.  Who are we kidding, of course she did.

A memorial service to celebrate Janet’s life will be held on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 11 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 1 St. Francis Drive, in Gulf Breeze, Florida, with a visitation beginning at 10 AM, and a reception after. Interment will be held later on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Magnolia Cemetery in Andalusia with a reception following at the Andalusia Country Club.  We invite all friends and acquaintances to join us in commemorating the life of a remarkable woman who made the world a better place for animals and humans alike. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Pensacola Humane Society (pensacolahumane.org) in Janet’s memory. By contributing to this cause that was so dear to her heart, we can continue her mission of providing care and shelter to animals in need.

Janet Tryon’s light may have dimmed on this earth, but her love and legacy will continue to shine brightly in the lives of all she touched. May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with her and with you always.

Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

5 Comments

  1. Tim and Sandy Edwards

    We were blessed to have known Janet. She was so outgoing and kind to everyone and loved her role as an educator. We admired what a great Mom she was as we watched Trey and Holly grow up and become such wonderful adults. May you have peace as you remember all the funny, happy times you had with your Mom.

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  2. Nancy Hannah

    Holly,

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days ahead.

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  3. emmie tunnell

    hey sammie! can’t believe this is already happening, but it doesn’t change anything. i’ll always remember going down to your house during christmas and seeing all your crazy dogs and your huge wall of coke themed stuff. no matter which house it was, growing up i loved visiting. i’ll always keep that little metal fish you gave me and ill always think of you when i see an oversized coke product. love you!

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  4. Mike Batchelor

    Sorry to hear about your Mom passing she was my kindergarten teacher at Straughn High School in 1983. I also remember the first paddling I got from her my only one ever in school.My prayers are with you and your family.

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  5. Caylea King Bonds

    Holly & Trey: I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Janet. She was an awesome lady! She started teaching K at Straughn School in 1978, she and another fellow K teacher were the first K teachers at Straughn School. I got to know her because I was a 9th grade student at Straughn and helped in her classroom for my study hall, and one day she asked me if I would be interested in sitting with both of you. I was thrilled and ya’ll we the best kids. I would ride with her on Friday’s after school to your home on Prestwood Bridge Road, I still remember exactly which home it was and then sometime Saturday she would take me home if my mom could not pick me up. She was the classiest lady, I always loved to see what she wore. She always paid me more than I deserved and was just the best. You were both so blessed with a mom like her. Blessings to you both.

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