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Obituary for Billy Gene Pyle, 90

Services for Billy Gene Pyle, 90, who died Sept. 29, 2018, will be conducted Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Westlake Baptist Church, Chandler, TX, with burial in Pyle Prairie Cemetery, Kemp, TX at 2 p.m. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Pylewas the second of five children born to Alonzo Odell and Bonnie (McConnell) Pyle on March 3, 1928 near Kemp, Texas

Billy met the love of his life, Betty Dickerson in 1944. He soon swept her off her feet and married her on Sept. 21, 1946. Sharing a life together for 72 years was something not many get to witness. We’ve always felt grateful to be the benefactors of and witness to that true love and testimony to dedication.

They started a family that consisted of two sons Larry and Terry and two daughters Sherolyn and Belinda. Shortly after their marriage, Billy was employed by Simmons Bedding Company working as a Beautyrest Mattress closer, upholsterer and machine mechanic. Billy retired from Simmons after 37 years of employment. He had a dedication for his job and instilled a strong work ethic in all his children.

At age 25, Billy was ordained as a deacon for the First Baptist Church of Ferris, TX. He also served as a deacon for First Baptist Church of Euless and lastly Westlake Baptist Church of Chandler, TX.

Billy was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He taught his children how to camp, fish and hunt. Many weeks of the summer were spent camping out with his brothers and their families, enjoying the lakes of East Texas. He was a great husband, father and friend. And was always willing with a soft heart to help anyone that needed his assistance.

Billy was looked upon as “Mr. Fix It”, a “tinkerer” and a “fixer”. His ability to build or repair anything was phenomenal. He spent untold hours crafting tokens of love for his sweetheart, refurbishing bicycles for the kids at church, carving wooden ducks for family members, and bringing back to life a go kart for his great grandchildren. True to form, as he was always a kid at heart, he insisted that he test drive the go kart first, just to make sure it was road worthy.

We always knew when it was time for a meal. When Dad stood, and reached out his hands, we knew it was time for us all to join hands in our circle, and Daddy would say a prayer to bless our food and those that prepared it. That circle will never be the same without him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers J.W. and Odie Pyle, sister Joy McCain, son Larry Gene Pyle and grandson Larry Eugene Pyle

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Betty, son Terry Pyle and wife Cindy, daughter Sherolyn Hunsinger and husband Hank, daughter Belinda Honea and husband Roger, grandsons Chad Pyle and wife Kelly, Todd Honea and wife Bekah, granddaughters Patricia Peters and husband Chris, Stephanie Collins and husband Brett, 5 great-grandchildren Chase, Alexa, Larry Ethan, Megan and Bryce and 4 great-great-grandchildren, Gracelynn, Levi, Reese and Nora.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Chad Pyle, Todd Honea, great grandson Chase Pyle and nephews Lance Lanford, James Pyle and Robert Pyle. Honorary pallbearers are Past and Present Westlake Baptist Church deacons.

For those wishing to do so, memorials may be made in Billy’s memory to Westlake Baptist Church, 1439 FM315, Chandler, TX 75758. Condolences may be left at www.shmfh.com.

 

 

 

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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