Jerry Austin Byars

December 5, 1936October 29, 2018
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Jerry Austin Byars, age 81 of Jackson, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Martin, TN.

He was born on December 5, 1936 in Brownsville, TN. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and with ESI for 20 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Steve Threet.

He is survived by his loving wife Louise Byars of Jackson; three children, Jerry Lee Byars, Julie Appleton, and Diane Schull; three stepchildren, Penny James, Fred A. Threet III, (Kim) and Dana McKellar (Phil); 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Byars.

A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. Interment will be held privately in Big Springs Cemetery in Medon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital.


  • The Memorial Service Thursday, November 1, 2018

Jerry Austin Byars

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Julie Appleton

November 3, 2018

Jerry Byars is my dad. He was the best dad. He was the best provider growing up. My dad was was also a good egg cutter. He cut the fried evgs in a way Ive never known anyone to do. I was even grown and woukd ask bpop will you cut my eggs? He would chuckle and say sure. His children called our other grand father pappa. Thats where the pop came from. Pop I love you Julie Ann. Nickname was doodle. That came from pop...

Diane Schull

October 31, 2018

Three years ago at William's wedding Dad said "Think they will let us in the wedding dressed like this?" His sense of humor has always been great.

Becky Swain

October 29, 2018

Laughing,hugging, saying I love you and singing. Fond memories with Jerry. Fun times together.

William Schull

October 29, 2018

A few of my favorite memories about Pop.
He loved the Dallas Cowboys
I remember he cooked delicious steaks when we had family gatherings.
I remember him giving us a coffee can of loose change he collected through out the year. He gave coin wrappers to my sister and I so we could roll them for him. It took us a while to complete. When we were done, he gave the wrapped coins to my mom, so we could have supplies and clothes for the new school year.
I remember how hard he laughed when we watch comedic movies. I think Christmas Vacation was his favorite.
I remember him sharing his wisdom when times were tough.
I think my favorite memory was what he told me when I was in Basic Military Training. I had just won a contest, so I was allowed to make a phone call. I called him telling him how frustrated I was with training. He told me, "Don't give up on them" and "I'm very proud of you".