Tyra Terrell Yarber, 45, a resident of Verdunville, LA and native of Franklin, LA, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 7:28 AM at his residence.
Tyra will lie instate for public visitation on Saturday September 23, 2017 in the Teche Theater 501 Main Street Franklin, LA from 11:00 AM until the beginning of a Memorial Tribute Celebration at 1:00 PM. Ed "Tiger" Verdin will serve as the Master of Ceremony.
Memories of Tyra will forever remain in the hearts of his wife, Germaine Bogan Yarber; their children, Noah Alyxander Yarber, Aryn McKenzie Yarber, and Cameryn Milan Yarber all of Verdunville, LA; his mother, Claudette (Harvey Cathey) Yarber of Franklin, LA; three brothers, Nicholas (Franshall) Navarre of Youngsville, LA, Quentin M. Ina of New Orleans, LA, and James M. Ina of Lafayette, LA; two sisters, Kavita A. Wagner of Louisville, KY and Sharon Sorrell-Collins of Franklin, LA, Tyra's furry child, Morocco and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Tyra was preceded in death by his father, James D. Ina and his maternal grandparents, Nelson and Eldora B. Yarber.
Tyra was a passionate man that gave his all to his community through his passion of the Arts seeking or requesting nothing in return. From his humble days with the Franklin High Thespian Society or Franklin High School Band and continuing through his tenure with the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts he was always in front the stage directing, guiding, counseling, nurturing and pushing you to give your very best or next to you performing on stage giving a memorable performance. As President of the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts Board Tyra ensured that the theatre was a premier Arts venue in Acadiana that continued to perform cutting edge productions. From its inception he was committed to the theatre having an annual African American production within its season and Summer Musical that usually allowed more than 30 kids and adults from across Acadiana to showcase their talents and have the same opportunities to experience the passion he shared on a daily basis. Tyra was an educator that believed in teaching the student as a whole as opposed to just teaching a subject. It was his belief that if he touched the lives of all throughout his daily life of constantly giving that they would find the opportunity to accomplish their dreams. This school year he had finally began his dream of becoming a Talented Theatre teacher for the St. Mary Parish School Board Talented Program working with the brightest students across our Parish. Within just a few weeks he has touched the hearts and minds of those students unlike anyone before. Through it all he ensured that families, including his own, worked hard and performed within his second home of the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts. Logging over countless volunteer hours year after year, show after show for the past 18 years he has truly left a giant mark on the community of Franklin and throughout Acadiana.
The Yarber Family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to The Family of Tyra T. Yarber C/o Mrs. Germaine B. Yarber 148 Clausen Road S. Franklin, LA 70538