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Hartly "Roho" Sylar

August 21, 1931November 13, 2020
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On Friday, Nov 13, 2020, Lewis Hartly “Roho” Sylar passed away peacefully at age 89. Hartly was born August 21, 1931 in Ooltewah TN to Luther and Amy (Guille) Sylar.

As a lifelong resident and member of one of the founding families of Ooltewah he was well known to many. His quick wit, sense of humor, outgoing personality and love for pulling pranks endeared him to all who knew him. He was a very giving and generous man who went well out of his way to help others. He absolutely adored his grandchildren, great grandchildren and any other kids he could find to aggravate and play with.

As a child of the depression era he was instilled with a strong work ethic which he kept his entire life. He received his driver’s license at the age of 12 so that he could drive his Baptist preacher grandfather anywhere he needed to go. He graduated from OHS in 1949 as class president and went on to serve in the US Army where he completed jump school with the 101st Airborne. His true passion in life was farming which he said “required a good job to be able to afford”. In school he would study his books by candlelight on the steering wheel of his tractor while working the fields at night. He and his grandfather also ran a coal supply business. He worked part time jobs for the US Postal Service, as a school bus driver and as a Southern Railway detective before going to work for Atlas Powder Company in the dynamite business. The bulk of his working career was spent in the power line construction industry primarily with Dillard Smith Const. and then later with MPS where he was instrumental in helping his son acquire and run the company. He was very proud of his 50 year pin from IBEW. Throughout his working career he continued to farm as much as possible. While counting his money at lunch one day he announced that he had enough accumulated to allow him to farm. He returned to that life full time and remained very active on his place, taking care of the family cemetery and helping others until days before his passing.

He is survived by his sister Kathryn Sylar Echerd, his daughter Tammy (Dale) Landrem, his son Hartly “Buster” Sylar, grandchildren Brad (Michelle) Landrem, Cooper Sylar, Keely (Jake) Sylar Graham, Jordan Sylar, Lewis “Mister” Sylar, great grandchildren Brylee Landrem, Harper Landrem and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, November 16, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Sylar Cemetery with Rev. Jack Price and his granddaughter, Jordan Sylar officiating.

Due to COVID-19, all social distancing guidelines set in place by the CDS must be followed. Face coverings are required by the Hamilton County mandate for anyone attending visitation and services.

Pall bearers Ryan Coates, Todd Culberson, Bill Fitzgerald, Lebron Henry, Brad Landrem, Howard Lovell, Tommy Stafford and Cooper Sylar.

Honorary Pall bearers Bill McGhee, Ronnie Monger, Tom Morgan, David “Mama” Watts and former co-workers of DSCC and MPS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org; or other children’s charities.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.

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Buster Sylar

November 18, 2020

DID YOU EVER........
carry wood for the stove...use an outhouse in the winter...heat rocks to take to bed...walk to school...play mumbly peg...run a combine...crush corn...drive a Model T....hand crank a tractor...jump from an airplane...split firewood...plow with a mule...pick cotton...haul hay...work a sawmill...shovel coal...jin a pole...dig a rock hole...pull a calf...ride a wild hog, backwards...put power lines up in ice, tornado, or hurricane...break your ribs and work anyway...hand dig a grave...have a horse wreck...ride a bicycle backwards at 80 years of age...build your own house with your own hands...build a catfish pond for peoples kids to fish...sing in a quartet or choir...march infantry...raise your own breed of cattle...build fence...clean out a spring...make liquor...step on a rattlesnake...fire a howitzer...drive an army jeep...shoot or haul dynamite...farm...give your cars away to people that need them worse than you did...build a tree house that lasted 50 years and counting...run a pull type road grader...give all your “rat hole” money to strangers that were “in a bind”...have a 1,000 friends...know all their families...drive a school bus or mail jeep...build your own engines...run a “hit and miss”...”steal” a barn in 1 piece...read a bible chapter a day...help raise triplets...memorize poetry...help your friends and neighbors without being asked...work 72 hours straight...break ice for cows to drink...feed stray animals...get dragged by a cow...keep up your family cemetery for 50 years...nurse a frozen calf in your living room on Christmas morning...get hung in an electric fence...make your friends laugh til they hurt...or take the time to teach your children, coworkers or neighbors how to do something?
If so then you know something about Dad even if you never met him. If you haven’t done any of these things then maybe there are some on the list that you should. There are definitely some on the list that you shouldn’t! Miss you Dad, Love Buster

Linda Ellis

November 17, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sylar Family

Your Friends on Sylar Road

Belinda Davis Steinmetz

November 17, 2020

Buster,
So sorry for the loss of your Father. What a life he lived, accomplishments, friendships, and lives he touched. I know his spirit and antics will live on through you! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Denny and Donna Smith

November 16, 2020

Buster,
Hartley was a good friend since the big snow of 1993,when we rescued his aunt and mother from their cold house and brought them to his warm house. He was a great farming friend, always willing to help me with endless repairs. Denny and Donna Smith

Shirley Plott

November 16, 2020

My Father James Plott thought the world of Hartley. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Kerry FATBOY Bowman

November 16, 2020

Buster
I am so sorry about your dad. Roho meant the world to Barney and me!! It was my honor to know him & work with him at Dillard Smith Construction. He was one of the greatest. He and Barney could sure make a man laugh. I just want you to know I loved that man and so did my daddy.
FATBOY

Beth Wilson

November 15, 2020

There are so many memories that one could not possibly write them all. Hartly is greatly loved by our family and will forever reside in our hearts until we meet again in the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Wilson and Lovell families send deepest, heartfelt condolences and will keep you each in prayer.

Becky Lovell Wilson, Beth, Brett, Ben and Wendy Wilson, Kyle and Karragan Duckett.
Julie Lovell Ivester and Jack V. Lovell, Jr.

Jackson Case

November 15, 2020

Buster,
I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have such fond members of him when he worked at Dillard Smith. He was also a great friend to my mom and dad, stopping by to check on mom after dad passed away. I do remember his pranks. Walter Ball, his partner in pranks, kept me in stiches. I cannot attend the visitation or memorial service due to my wife's health. We are both very concerned with the virus, but wanted you to know we will be praying for your family. Yours truly, Jackson Case III, EPB retired, Operating

Jeff Clayton

November 15, 2020

I have worked around Roho for many years he will be deeply missed.My
Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Alan Smith

November 14, 2020

God’s peace be with him and his family. He was like a second father. He taught me how to drive a jeep and a tractor and how to work the back of a combine. He taught me that everything could be made into a joke even if the joke was about him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him; his life was a blessing.

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Biography

On Friday, Nov 13, 2020, Lewis Hartly “Roho” Sylar passed away peacefully at age 89.
Hartly was born August 21, 1931 in Ooltewah TN to Luther and Amy (Guille) Sylar.

As a lifelong resident and member of one of the founding families of Ooltewah he was well known to many. His quick wit, sense of humor, outgoing personality and love for pulling pranks endeared him to all who knew him. He was a very giving and generous man who went well out of his way to help others. He absolutely adored his grandchildren, great grandchildren and any other kids he could find to aggravate and play with.

As a child of the depression era he was instilled with a strong work ethic which he kept his entire life. He received his driver’s license at the age of 12 so that he could drive his Baptist preacher grandfather anywhere he needed to go. He graduated from OHS in 1949 as class president and went on to serve in the US Army where he completed jump school with the 101st Airborne. His true passion in life was farming which he said “required a good job to be able to afford”. In school he would study his books by candlelight on the steering wheel of his tractor while working the fields at night. He and his grandfather also ran a coal supply business. He worked part time jobs for the US Postal Service, as a school bus driver and as a Southern Railway detective before going to work for Atlas Powder Company in the dynamite business. The bulk of his working career was spent in the power line construction industry primarily with Dillard Smith Const. and then later with MPS where he was instrumental in helping his son acquire and run the company. He was very proud of his 50 year pin from IBEW. Throughout his working career he continued to farm as much as possible. While counting his money at lunch one day he announced that he had enough accumulated to allow him to farm. He returned to that life full time and remained very active on his place, taking care of the family cemetery and helping others until days before his passing.

He is survived by his sister Kathryn Sylar Echerd, his daughter Tammy (Dale) Landrem, his son Hartly “Buster” Sylar, grandchildren Brad (Michelle) Landrem, Cooper Sylar, Keely (Jake) Sylar Graham, Jordan Sylar, Lewis “Mister” Sylar, great grandchildren Brylee Landrem, Harper Landrem and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, November 16, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Sylar Cemetery with Rev. Jack Price and his granddaughter, Jordan Sylar officiating.

Due to COVID-19, all social distancing guidelines set in place by the CDS must be followed. Face coverings are required by the Hamilton County mandate for anyone attending visitation and services.

Pall bearers Ryan Coates, Todd Culberson, Bill Fitzgerald, Lebron Henry, Brad Landrem, Howard Lovell, Tommy Stafford and Cooper Sylar.

Honorary Pall bearers Bill McGhee, Ronnie Monger, Tom Morgan, David “Mama” Watts and former co-workers of DSCC and MPS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org; or other children’s charities.

Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com.

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