Karen Fern Byler

May 6, 1948March 2, 2018
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Karen Fern Byler, age 69 of Gray, passed away on Friday March 2nd after a valiant and courageous fight against cancer.

Karen was born May 6, 1948 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to George and Etha Brown. She moved with her family as a young girl to Venice Florida. While working as an X-Ray tech she met and married the love of her life, Tom. Tom and Karen were married on November 7, 1969 and were married 48 years. In 1981 Tom, Karen and the girls moved to Gray, Tennessee where she resided until her passing.

A faithful member of Kingsport Church of Christ, Karen was a devoted wife, loving mother, and adored grandmother, but above all else a working and tireless faithful servant of God. In countless and quiet ways she devoted every day to serving others. Because of her love and unwavering devotion for the Lord, she laid up for herself many treasures in heaven by faithfully serving her husband, daughters, 5 beloved grandchildren, her church, and especially her bible class students. God granted her abundant talents enabling her to leave behind a firm foundation on which many will be able to stand for generations to come and for that we will all be eternally grateful.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, George and Etha Brown and brother Reed Brown. Survivors include, her husband Tom Byler, Tim and Kimberly (Byler) Wilson of Zionsville, Indiana, Russ and Michelle (Byler) Wallace of Kingsport, TN, 5 grandchildren, Lydia, Thomas and Caroline Wilson and Samantha and Taylor Wallace, brother and sister in law Bob and Carolyn Brown, Mt. Juliet TN, mother in law Nancy Byler, Belleville Pennsylvania, other brothers and sister in laws and a cherished niece and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the brothers and sisters of Kingsport for their numerous acts of service to Karen and Tom over the past several months. They would also like to thank all the nurses at the Kingsport Wellness Cancer Institute, the Holston Valley W3 nurses and hospice nurses. The family requests that any gifts made in memory of Karen be made to the Wellmont Patient Care Assistance fund found online at

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm immediately following the visitation with Tom Kinzel and Phillip Mullins officiating. Interment services will be held following the service at 3:00 pm at East Lawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Karen’s family and friends.

Online condolences may be made to the family at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the family.


  • Tom Byler, Husband
  • Kimberly Byler Wilson and husband Tim, Daughter
  • Michelle Byler Wallace and husband Russ, Daughter
  • Lydia, Thomas and Caroline Wilson, Grandchildren
  • Samantha and Taylor Wallace, Grandchildren
  • Nancy Byler, Mother-in-law
  • George and Etha Brown, Parents - deceased
  • Bob Brown and wife Carolyn, Brother
  • Reed Brown, Brother - deceased
  • Brothers and Sisters-in-Law, Other Family
  • A Cherished Niece and Nephews, Other Family


  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, March 10, 2018

Karen Fern Byler

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Julie Zehr

March 7, 2018

I am so grateful for the love and joy and meaning Karen brought into my brother Tom’s life. He was a better person because of their relationship and marriage, and together they exemplified a loving, faithful, committed marriage. Karen was a wonderful addition to our family and her passing leaves a large void. She will live on in ours hearts and our memories forever. Thank you, Karen, for enriching so many lives.


Betty Rhoton

March 5, 2018

My deepest sympathy to all the family. I was blessed with the opportunity to get to know Karen and Tom a little better at Lydia’s graduation open house. I was so thankful for the time they shared both with us. Such wonderful folks they were to us. Karen was such a wonderful, gracious lady; I so much enjoyed and appreciated the time we shared in conversation. Such a wonderful life Karen lived in service of our Lord.

Glen and Yvonne Hawkins

March 4, 2018

So thankful to have been acquainted with such a lovely woman and sister in Christ. We were always felt welcomed in her presence. We will miss her deeply. Our prayers to the family.