John Daniel Wyker III

March 14, 1945December 8, 2013

John Daniel "Johnny" Wyker III died Sunday, December 8, 2013. He was born March 14, 1945, at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital to John D. Wyker II and June Osborn Wyker. He attended Columbia Military Academy, graduated Decatur High School, and attended the University of Alabama.Johnny spent most of his life in and around the music industry as a songwriter and performer. He founded and performed with The Magnificent Seven, The Rubber Band and Sailcat - the latter having achieved chart "hit" status along with a national television appearance on "American Bandstand". In addition to his own musical groups, Wyker's career as a songwriter involved his tunes being recorded by James and Bobby Purify, Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, The Sugarcubes (Bjork), John Prine, Alex Taylor and Eddie Hinton. Johnny was a very passionate visual artist as well, and some of his work was used as album cover art. He was also employed by Wyker's True Value Hardware.He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; his wife, Margaret Young Wyker; his son, John Daniel Wyker IV; his daughter, Ella Lela Wyker; sisters, Susan Wyker Jones and Ella Wyker Martin; and several nieces and nephews.A Celebration of Life service will be held at First Bible Church, Decatur, on Friday, December 13th at 5 p.m. - See more at:


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Chris Collier

April 7, 2019

I guess I am the last to know.... We last passed in about 1986. It was in Killen, Alabama at the boat dock on Shoals Creek. When I yelled out, "Hey, you Johnny Wyker?" You responded, "You the police?" We talked briefly about growing up in Decatur and then I sailed away. GOOD GUY!

Scott Pilkington

December 27, 2013

Johnny has finaly reunited with Edddie Hinton. Must have been a beautiful meeting. Johnny was very kind to me from our first meeting in 1959. When Johnny started his own High School fraternity in Decatur in 1960, he invited me to join Tau Kappa. Johnny brought a lot of misfits together and made it fun. In 1960, he picked me up every morning for school in his white 1954 Oldsmobile. We were roomates at Columbia Military Academy in 61-62 and I got to know him and love him for his kindness and eccentricity. He was a blessing. We reconnected in 2008. Love to the family, especially June - thank you for the 13th birthday party, Scott Pilkington, Auburn, Al

Larry Harris

December 22, 2013

Gonna miss ya John...truly one of a kind

December 22, 2013

Rock on... Much love...

Jonathan Baggs

December 13, 2013

I miss you Johnny. When no one else cared, you did and I will never forget the kindness you showed toward me. Sleep well my dear friend.

Michael Buffalo Smith

December 13, 2013

I love you Johnny. You were a good friend and the single most "artistic" artist I know. I was blessed to spend time face to face, in the studio, onstage and for endless hours on the telephone listening to your damn near brilliant ideas and rock and roll dreams and those wonderful Cat Tales. From the time I met the whole Bama gang and MFOV it was clear that you were the spiritual leader. The eclectic touchstone in a world imploding in on itself. You kept the faith and said to hell with the rules. I learned so much in our short walk together. Johnny I am so sad I cannot drive the 6 hours to your memorial service. The drive used to be a breeze but my disability has me sidelined for a minute. I will be there in spirit. And I will catch up with you in the light. We'll see what's out there together on our Harleys....if the chain don't break. Peace, love and respect. Buffalo

Patrick Haney

December 12, 2013

My little nine year old daughter in Rome is learning Baby Ruth this week in memoriam.

David Kelley

December 12, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Wyker family it was Johnny who talk me into starting my own internet radio station he taught me alot about promotions and was a true friend to everyone who knew him.Johnny was always nice to me and everyone.and he never had a ego.someday soon we will be joing Johnny in Heavin luv you brother

Dean White

December 12, 2013

Johnny is and was the epitome of creative free spirit. He blessed us all with his talents, and his friendship. "Another good thang has done gone on..."

December 12, 2013

May God bless the family and give you strength to face the days ahead.
Tommy Mann