Joseph Tyree Tutor

Joseph Tyree Tutor

Joseph Tyree Tutor

January 31, 1964 – December 25, 2022

MIDDLESEX – Joseph Tyree Tutor “Tree Man,”  of Middlesex, joined the heavenly choir to celebrate the birth of his Savior on December 24, 2022.  He was born to Bobby Ray Tutor Sr. and Gloria McDaniels on January 31, 1964.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Steve.

Joey loved the mountains, his motorcycle and his dog, Missy.  A graduate of Southern Christian Academy, he gained his nickname, “Tree Man,”  when he and Buddy used to sell Christmas trees on New Hope Road in Raleigh.  Big and tall and strong in his youth, the name came natural.  You would hear his friends call him “Tree” or “Tree Man,” he really liked that.

He is survived by his step-mom, Grace Tutor; his brother, Bobby Tutor Jr. “Buddy”; his sister, Vickie Freeland (Larry), his very special friend Erin Johnson and his beloved dog, Missy!

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help offset the cost of funeral expenses.

Memorial Service 2pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Watkins Chapel Baptist Church located at 5897 NC 231, Middlesex NC 27557.  The family will receive friends from 1:30pm – 2pm, prior to the service.  Arrangments entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC.


  • Rhonda and Larry Wright Posted December 27, 2022 2:34 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, Vickie. We will be praying for you and your family. Love and prayers.

  • Sarah and San Davis Posted December 27, 2022 5:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  • Snapper and Michelle Posted December 27, 2022 8:24 pm

    Snapper and I have heavy hearts as he was one of the Sweetest, Kindest Souls I ever knew!

  • Christine Denny Posted December 27, 2022 8:33 pm

    My condolences to all of you. May God bless you with comfort and peace. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Trena Williams Posted December 28, 2022 9:36 am

    That is a wonderful tribute. You are all in my prayers and in my heart . Can you imagine what he is seeing now?

  • Brenda & Jimmy Lewis, Wendell, NC Posted December 28, 2022 9:52 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

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