Koops Funeral Chapel


James Hyatt Sr

October 13, 1936January 28, 2021

James “Jim” Loyd Hyatt Sr., 84, of Lake Odessa, Michigan crossed the river to the open arms of Jesus on January 28, 2021 after the reassurance from his loved ones that his work here on earth was complete and his “Woushie” would be taken care of with the same love he always had for her.

Jim was born on October 13, 1936 to Charlie and Lillie (Hampton) Hyatt in Piney Flats, Tennessee. After growing up on the family homestead, he headed north to Michigan where he met the love of his life, Ruth Simmons, on May 8, 1961. They married a short time later and spent 59 years raising the four children God blessed them with and enjoying the many adventures life brought them. They built the family farm in 1973 and raised their children in the church; there was never a meal eaten without prayer or a Sunday that wasn’t held as a day of rest and family time, often snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing together. Jim loved fishing so much that he dug his own pond and made sure it was fully stocked so he could fish with his kids and grandkids whenever they wanted. For even more time with his beloved family, Jim built a family cottage on a lake up north where his family will continue to spend time together honoring his legacy of the importance of family and the love of God.

He was a hard-working husband and father who held various positions over the years working as a journeyman bricklayer and finishing his career as an Instructor at the Grand Rapids Community College Occupational Training Center. Jim touched many lives as an educator and was so proud of the accomplishments of his students as they improved their lives under his guidance and care. Jim also faithfully served the Sebewa Church of God for nearly five decades. He was on the Church and Pastor’s Council and was a faithful child of God.

Waiting for Jim on the other side of the river into heaven were those who preceded him: parents, Charlie and Lillie Hyatt; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Katherine Simmons; son, Chris Hyatt; granddaughter, LaKisha Kemp; great-grandson, Aberin Teachworth; and siblings Roy, Jake, Dick, Ina Mae, Mary Nell, Virgil, Ruth, Pearl, Paul, and Ivan.

Jim will be forever missed by: his wife of 59 years, Ruth (Simmons) Hyatt; sons, James Hyatt Jr. and Steve Hyatt; daughter, Connie Sutherland; grandchildren, Marci (Paul) Teachworth, Katy (Dave) VandeWaa, James (Holly) Hyatt III, Lindsay Hyatt, Halie Wieber, and Mason and Alex Sutherland; great-grandchildren, Karli, Lilli, Emma, Alli, Braelyn, Gabbi, Gannon, Grayson, and Hadley; brothers, Pete (Janet) Hyatt and Manuel Hyatt; sisters, Rosa Lee (O’Dell) Carrier and Janice (Joe) Snapp, along with many, many more friends and family members around the country.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 3rd at 1:00pm at Sebewa Church of God in Lake Odessa, Michigan. There will be a visitation for family and friends at 12:00pm with the service immediately following at 1:00pm.


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James Hyatt Sr

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Anne Spivak

February 14, 2021

Ruth and family I am so sorry for your loss Jim was a really good man. I will always remember where I first met him on Comfort St. In Lansing where he was a bricklayer for my dad that was in the early 60's. It really touched me when he came to my dads funeral that really says something about a person to care about a friend all those years it had been along time since I had seen him but the minute he smiled and spoke I knew who it was he will be truly missed.. My prayers are with all of you

brian keelean

February 2, 2021

I worked with Jim at the Grand Rapids Community College. Jim was hired to run the autobody program and I worked in the welding dept. at the other end of the building. The building by the way was a converted Zody's dept store, something like an early Pennys, and most people believed it was impossible for the programs to operate with any success. I believe that when Jim started we were still part of the Grand Rapids Public School System, and only later became part of the community college.
Jim was one of the hardest working and most sincere employees that the college could have had doing that job. I can recall thousands of times Jim worked with students helping them being productive and finishing programs of study. A kinder and more generous man would be hard to fine.
Brian Keelean

Teresa Hyatt

January 31, 2021

The day I married his son Joe, my wedding dress zipper broke just before I was to walk down the aisle. Dad Hyatt knew he could fix it. He walked into the bridal room , where I was partially dressed in my slip and half in my dress, he was a bit embarrassed but all of us girls giggled. He said he could fix it. He stepped out so I could take the dress off. He had no tools and decided to use his teeth to bite the zipper together. A set of needle nose plyers would have been much better because he broke his tooth while he was biting my zipper together. He saved the day that I had been so looking forward to. He never let me forget how he broke his tooth that day. He reminded me of it this past fall :) He was loved very much by everyone that crossed his path. He would give anyone the shirt off his back to help them out. He will be greatly missed by the ones left behind but embraced by the ones in eternity. ❤️

Joy & Dan Ayres

January 30, 2021

What a wonderful neighbor and friend...He tried to teach me the mandolin but I just couldn't grasp it...he was always willing to help in any way possible. Always a story, always a smile. This neighborhood lost a special soul when Jim went to Heaven. But he's suffered so long with health issues and he's now healed! Praising God. Will never forget him.

Vicky Berry

January 30, 2021

I remember being on lake with him getting skunked and his advice was that I wasn't spitting on the worms right....he sure loved fishing and the in peace uncle jim