"Tye" as he was affectionately called by friends and family (Tye-Tye if you were older than him during his pre-school years), studied at Frostburg State University and Bowie State University. Although formal education wasn't his passion, Tye enjoyed studying and learning about world religions. He regularly kept track of what was happening locally, globally, socially, economically and politically with a constant stream of NPR on the radio in his car.
With a strong work ethic, Tye held jobs in facility maintenance at Mitchellville Family Barber Shop, Medical Records Technician at Annapolis Pulmonary Specialists, and as Clerical Staff at Community Health Accreditation Partners. Tye worked at the family business of Medical Revenue Cycle Specialists in Medical Records Document Management and Bookkeeping. He also worked as a Medical Billing Specialist for The Chappelle Group. During the COVID-19 public health emergency Tye was a front-line worker at Laurel Regional Hospital. His last call of duty was with the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration.
Being known for his fancy footwork, Tye was a celebrated soccer player as well as an avid skateboarder. Tye received awards and recognition for his athletic abilities which he started at 5 years old. Other hobbies that kept Tye busy were paintballing, snowboarding, music, and meditation (the latter is something he taught to his mom and sister and anyone else who needed centering). One of his favorite hobbies was playing video games. We will miss his exclamations of "Woooow" and "Wiley!"
Living a life of dependability was important to Tye. He took his status as a co-worker very seriously and would strive to pull his weight and lend a helping hand at his jobs. Giving to the less fortunate was in Tye's DNA. He consistently stopped to have conversations, give rides, money and food to those in need. He is quoted as saying, "It's a pleasure to help others because in doing so, I am paying my debt to the people who took time to pass on knowledge to me. Every time I do it, I take out a little more insurance for myself."
Although he was a man of few words, Tye's impact was monumental. Tye had a unique sense of humor with an infectious laugh (the latter became funnier than the actual joke). He lived by these self-proclaimed Core Values: Family, dependability, understanding, acceptance, balance, personal development, spirituality, love and generosity. With a family of strong personalities, Tye had no shortage of mentors including Omega Psi Phi fraternity Inc. and his sponsor Paul Branner.
Tye is survived by his parents Tyrone and Kem Tolliver, sister Sasha Tolliver and brother Meaty Tolliver. Grandparents Richard and Maureen Ali, Tyrone Tolliver, Sr., Gloria Glover Tolliver. Aunts Ayanna Ali, Allison Brockington, Tiffany Bennett, and Tameca Tolliver. Uncles Anthony Ali, Eddie Tolliver, Tyrell Tolliver and Rico Tolliver. First cousins Marcello Vernon, Drew Brockington, Zahra Ali, Samantha Bennett. There are numerous additional aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will hold Tye's memory.