Roy L. Dye, Jr.

September 9, 1917April 3, 2012

Roy L. Dye, Jr. went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, the 3rd of April 2012, at the age of 94. He was born on the 9th of September1917, in the Texas Panhandle town of Claude, to Lola and Roy L. Dye, Sr. Roy graduated from Texas A&M in 1939 with a B.S. degree in animal husbandry. A member of the Aggie Cadet Corps with a second lieutenant’s bars, he served 4 years in the United States Army during World War II, rising to the rank of Captain, and received a Bronze Star. After returning from the war, Roy began his 34 year career with Sears. He believed in corporate responsibility and community stewardship. Roy supported dozens of organizations during his career with Sears. He served on the boards of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Council, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Better Business Bureau, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Urban League of Houston, and the Houston Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Roy was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America, retiring as a lifetime director. He served as President of the South Central Region as well as the local Sam Houston Area Council. He is the recipient of two coveted awards for outstanding work in scouting –the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards. Roy was a very proud Aggie, and his service on behalf of his Alma mater earned him membership into the Endowed Diamond Century Club. He was later given the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award, and he served on the Texas A&M Research Foundation for 16 years. He also endowed the Roy L. Dye Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program for the mentally, emotionally, and physically handicapped youth through Texas A&M University in 1994. As a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Roy spent a large part of his retirement visiting local hospitals to offer support to patients and their families. He also enjoyed playing golf with his wife and friends at Pine Forest Country Club where he was a member for almost 50 years. The last 6 years Roy and his wife Anna Mae have been residents of the Buckingham/Plaza, where they have enjoyed meeting many new friends. Roy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Anna Mae Dye; children Patricia Donahue and husband, Jim, of Dallas, Bruce Dye and wife, Darlene, of Sugar Land, Barbara Norris and husband, Chip, of Katy; grandchildren, Lee Norris and wife, Kara, of Houston, Jeff Dye and wife, Jennifer, of Sugar Land, and Carly Ramsey and husband, Justin of Austin; great grandchildren, Merritt and Linley Norris, Andrew Dye, and Reese and Reagan Ramsey. Roy is also survived by his sister, Marie Cope; and brother, Howard Dye, of Amarillo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lola and Roy Dye; and brother, Herman Dye, of Claude, TX. The family wishes to thank Roy’s wonderful doctor and friend, Michelle Cunningham, M.D., the Vitas Hospice team, and all of the staff and friends at the Buckingham and Plaza for their love and care of him. A memorial service is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 10th of April, in the Sanctuary of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street, in Houston. Prior to the memorial service, the family will have gathered for a private entombment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Roy’s memory may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Roy L. Dye, Jr.

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Cheryl Stranahan

April 18, 2012

I am so sorry to here of Roy's passing and he was such a good friend of my husband Glen. Glen passed away on April 11 of 2009. Sears was such a great part of our lives and what a great family it was then...Cheryl Stranahan

Greg Euston

April 15, 2012

I had the priviledge of working for Mr. Dye for several years in the '70s. He was an inspiritational leader, and I am not surprised to learn that he continued to serve his community after his retirement.

Suzanne Middleton Brennan

April 13, 2012

I grew up just behind the Dye's house with a gate in between so Barbara and I could go back and forth. The best day of the year was always Thanksgiving and the rivalry of my UT Dad and Mr. Dye A&M.

I loved the Dye family and send my deepest sympathy to them on their loss.

June & Donald Morris

April 10, 2012

Wonderful man and great friend. The world is a better place because he lived.

Kathy Bergmann

April 10, 2012

It was an honor and privilege to work on Mr.Dye's staff at Sears in the 70's. He was an outstanding leader at Sears and in the community.

Jack Hodson

April 8, 2012

Way back in the 1970's I worked at the Houston Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Dye was chair of one of the committees I was assigned to staff. I recall him as an honorable, smart, involved, fair and amiable business leader. I learned a great deal from him and knew that the city was the better for him being a part of it. It's been over 30 years since I worked with him but I'm still using many of the lessons he taught me at the time.

Chrid Pappss

April 7, 2012

Message to Bruce Dye
Your dad was part of our greatest generation , I met him at various functions and he was always a joy to visit with. Being in retail I always admired his business accomplishments at Sears. But that was just one side of the full life he lived. May we all fill our lives as full as your father lived his.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this celebration of your father's life.
Your friend Maria and Chris Pappad