W.T. Dyer was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Eustace at the home of his grandparents Troy H. and Johnnie Moseley. He went to school in Payne Springs in what is now the old community center, until he graduated eighth grade.
W.T. started Mabank High School in the fall of 1953 where he met his wife Billie Wood Dyer. They were married at the home of Doc and Dorothy Brown in Payne Springs July 27, 1956.
W.T. was a crane operator by trade and a local business owner around the lake area for 25 years. W.T. loved the outdoors. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and was an avid hunter. He and his buddies would pack up into the mountains of Colorado on pack mules and horses every year and set up camp for a week or so. Among his many prized hunts were mule deer, elk and a bear. He hunted out of state and local, it didn’t matter if it had fur or feathers he loved animals and investing his time in so many young guys that were interested in that lifestyle, because that’s what it was to him, a lifestyle.
He was a stern dad but softened up when those grandbabies and great-grandbabies came along.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred Moseley and Barley Dyer, brother Buddy Dyer, daughter Suzanne Dyer and sister and brother-in-law Lanell and Jack Templin and niece Debbie Boles.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Billie Wood Dyer of Seven Points, brother John Dyer and wife Audrey of Decatur, daughters Judy Harrod and Justin Stephenson of Brownsboro, Jana Shelton and Christopher Howell of Gun Barrel City, the ones that called him Paw, his grandchildren Tera and Steve Jernigan of Seven Points, Kelly and Jill Harrod of Seven Points, Kristal Bragg of Brownsboro, Misty and John Watts of Brownsboro, Troy and Desi Harrod of Athens, Shana Shelton of McGregor, Katy Shelton of Lorena and Cole and Jordan Shelton of Wiesbaden, Germany, great-grandchildren Jacob and Kennedy Hamilton, Dakota Hamilton, Kalob Jernigan, Emily Jernigan, B.J. Harrod, Bethany Harrod, Brooklyn Harrod, Garrett Bragg, Dalton Caldwell, Kagan Caldwell, Jaden Harrod, Jace Harrod, Jamie and Bailey Soukup, Raynie and Casey Williams and Archer Shelton, many others that W.T. opened his home to, that called him Paw, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
Funeral services were held July 29, 2019 at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank with Bro. Rick Wyatt officiating. A graveside service followed at King Cemetery in Kemp.
Serving as pallbearers were Glen Hyde, Kelly Harrod, Steven Jernigan, Richard Harrod, Troy Harrod and Ted Matlock and honorary pallbearers were Richard Craft, Harold Barnett and Morris Barnett.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.