William David Dye
November 24, 1961 – December 2, 2018
COLUMBIA - William David Dye, 57, passed away after an extended illness on December 2, 2018. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service in the church Adult Reception Hall. The Rev. Dr. Jim St. John and Rev. Lynn Grandsire will officiate the memorial. David, the youngest of three children, was born to Frances Smith Dye and the late James Madison Dye, on November 24, 1961, in Columbia, S.C. He was a graduate of Hammond Academy and a 1984 graduate of The University of South Carolina where he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He remained an avid Gamecock fan throughout his life. He was employed for many years in the tax preparation business and management of several franchises. He worked in Hartsville and Florence for the Jackson Hewitt offices until his health issues resulted in his return to Columbia. David had an uncanny ability to learn and remember numbers, dates, movie titles, and all sorts of trivia. He had a keen sense of humor and a dry wit. He loved his Hammond group of friends, “The Grayhawks,” and always enjoyed their times together. He loved music, playing drums and especially enjoyed going to rock concerts with his son, William, and friends. David always looked forward to challenging games of chess and cards, especially with William. He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church where he played in the Handbell Choir and volunteered at the Christian Life Center. He is survived by his beloved son, William Sims Dye, of Atlanta, GA; mother, Frances Dye of Columbia; sister, Betsy Dye Kinsella of Johns Creek, GA; and brother, James Madison Dye, Jr. (Lisa) of Columbia. He is also survived by his former wife, Scottie Sims Dye and her mother, Fran Sims. There are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins and extended family who survive him. It is with thanks and appreciation for all the doctors, nurses and therapists who have treated and cared for David through his extended illness. We are forever grateful to our ministers and church family for all their many prayers, visits, caring and concerns. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir ministry, 3200 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204. After the service, the family welcomes any friends who would like to celebrate David’s life at the home of Madison and Lisa Dye, 10 MacKays Point, Columbia, SC (King’s Grant). Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
- Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
- Memorial Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
William David Dye
December 28, 2018
It just broke my heart to learn of David's passing. I am so very sorry to hear of your family's loss. I remember what a wonderful student he was and his hilarious sense of humor. Not too long ago, Charles Black and I laughed about how David knew the very second when the bell to end class would ring and would stand up at that moment because he knew it drove me crazy. I also remember how he would read things that he would find when we went outside to pick up litter and would bring them to me to read with a grin on his face, part of his attention to details. You could not help but love David! I will always remember him with great affection! When a teacher remembers so vividly a student from so many years past, you know he was very, very special.
December 18, 2018
My sweet, dear cousin, David. Wish I could've seen him more often, but he was always so loving and kind to me...and I loved his big smile. Fond memories of him as a baby and Christmastime at out Grandmother Smith's house. I imagine you playing the bells along with other angels on their harps! Love, cousin Kim
December 11, 2018
Mrs. Dye, Betsy, Madison & Lisa,
I was so sorry to hear of David’s passing. What a beautiful tribute to him here in words and pictures. The pictures bring back so many memories of our neighborhood days! David was a bit younger than I, but I remember his generous spirit, thoughtfulness, and playful humor. That smile! I can see he kept these qualities long into adulthood. My sympathies, and wish you comfort and peace. Best wishes, Christie
December 4, 2018
I did not know David personally, but know OF him through many of our mutual Bon Jovi friends. Everyone in our Jovi family whether they knew David directly or not was saddened to hear of his passing and those who knew him had amazing things to say about his kind heart and their friendships. Fly high and rest in peace.
With Love and Prayers from Pittsburgh, PA Tracy Zurcher
December 3, 2018
David was a guiding force in creating "The GrayHawks" -- a group of now-well-aged Hammond Skyhawks. This photo is from our most recent annual get-together in October. David had a knack for bringing us together and keeping us together, even across the many years and changes we have all been through. It won't be the same without him. We are blessed to have had such a good friend, and will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of David's family and friends, and we will be ever grateful for the love and support that all of you showed him, especially during his difficult journey. Rest easy, friend. We will see you again.
December 3, 2018
David's sense of humor and quick wit are common themes when thinking of him, and he certainly loved to instigate a good prank. However, the tables sometimes got turned on him. This picture is from our Sophomore year at USC (Fall '81 - Spring '82), when David and I roomed together on the 2nd floor of Snowden Hall (part of the old "honeycombs"). This was a little payback for David from the guys on the hall. After we tied him up, we left him outside one of the women's dorms. But "W.D." (as he was known on the hall) was as good a sport about being on the receiving end of this one as he was about being on the giving end of his countless mischievous acts. (Photo credit to Darryl Berman, who posted this to Facebook a few years ago.)
December 3, 2018
I'm so sorry to learn about David's passing. It has been a very long and difficult journey. I won't be able to make the service or visitation tomorrow, but I wanted to share my appreciation for David's life and desire to contribute where he could. I didn't know him well, but what I did know of him, it was through music. I frequently saw him at handbell practice and was thankful for his contribution there. He was also an eager hand when it came to drumming for the Jubilee Contemporary worship service at Eastminster. In a sometimes limited pool of talent for drumming, David was willing to make time for practice and to show up on Sunday morning for that worship experience. It was a nice contribution to make and the congregation appreciated it. Ring a bell and bang a drum in heaven, David! Thanks for stepping up. John Arnold, Eastminster Presbyterian Church