OBITUARY

Dr. Clay Benson Dyar III

July 1, 1951July 7, 2019

COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Dr. Clay Benson Dyar III, 68, will be held Friday, July 12, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the home of Meredith and Charlie Spires.

Dr. Dyar, a Columbia native, was the son of Clay Benson Dyar, Jr. and Nelle Hardy Dyar. He was born July 1, 1951. Clay graduated from A.C. Flora High School in 1969 and Wofford College in 1973. He went on to pursue a degree and career in dentistry and graduated from the MUSC College of Dental Medicine in 1978. He managed his own dental practice in Columbia for many years. Clay was an active participant in collegiate, community and professional organizations including Kappa Alpha Order, Delta Sigma Delta, Evening Optimist Club and the American Dental Association. He loved the game of golf, and was a member of Forest Lake Country Club. Clay was known for his warm spirit, wit, thoughtfulness and love of reading. The family is grateful for the love and friendship Clay received over the years.

Those left to cherish Clay’s memory include his beloved daughter, Meredith Dyar Spires, son-in-law Charlie Spires and grandchildren, Monroe and Nelle of Columbia; brother, Robert Hardy Dyar and sister-in-law, Connice of Charlotte; brother, Lollis Hardy Dyar of Aiken; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Stiff (Christian), Alexandria Dyar, Robert Hardy Dyar, Jr., Jonathan Dyar and Chip Dyar; significant other, Kaori Sullivan of Columbia; and many special friends and extended family members.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Nelle Dyar.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Wofford Fund – Area of Greatest Need, Attn: Wofford College, Office of Advancement, 429 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Reception Friday, July 12, 2019

Memories

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Tom Spratt

July 13, 2019

Lollis:

Sorry to hear about Clay. I won’t be able stop make the services but wanted you to know I had heard about your brother and pass on my sympathy.

Cindy Henderson McGhee

July 12, 2019

Although I didn’t know Clay, I would like to send my sympathy to Robert. I am so sorry for the loss of Clay at such a young age. I send my love to all of the Dyars and especially Robert.

Laurie Harper Auld

July 12, 2019

Clay and I shared wonderful childhood memories of days at Bethel Methodist Church and school days. He always had a smile and quick wit. He will be missed. Sending my sincere condolences to his entire family.


Mary Williford Walters

July 12, 2019

Clay was a classmate and big part of our AC Flora High School Class of 1969! He came to our 50th Reunion that was held in April 2019. That was probably his last chance to visit with old friends and share a few laughs about old times! We will miss you, Clay. But you will never be forgotten! A good friend lost way too soon!
Our class sends their thoughts and prayers to his family. - Mary Williford Walters, Mills River, NC

Brenda Lollis

July 11, 2019

Clay has left way too soon. Such a dear sweet friend.
I will never forget all the laughs we had at North Myrtle Beach.
My heart is broken.

R.I.P. Clay

Brenda Lollis

Cathy Sease

July 11, 2019

My deepest condolences too Clay's family. He will always be remembered as a caring and funny man, who enjoyed his life and his family. When Gerald passed away last year, Clay was the first person to be at the visitation, and his kind words meant so much to me. God has received a truly wonderful man but memories of him will keep him with us.

Cathy Sease

Garry Wooten

July 10, 2019

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Dyar family, a wonderful family. Garry Wooten, Hopkins sc

Caron Marble

July 10, 2019

Prayers for your family Clay. You left too soon. You are already missed by all. Over thirty years of friendship with you was not enough.
God has received a special soul in calling you home. Fly with the angels.

Jimmy Todd

July 9, 2019

Clay and I had many great times when we were living in Charleston in dental school. Even though we haven’t seen each other often in the past few years, we could always pick up where we left off...a true sign of friendship. I will certainly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Jimmy Todd
Laurens, SC

Ann Nelson Temple

July 9, 2019

So sorry to learn about Clay. Your parents and my parents were such great friends. Many a funny episode happened when the four of them were together . I have not seen you three brothers in quite sometime but remember you well. I understand Clay has a lovely daughter . My heart goes out to all of you.
ann nelson temple

FROM THE FAMILY