OBITUARY

Dennis Clinton Kyker

July 18, 1933December 22, 2018
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Dennis Clinton Kyker of Julian, NC went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born on July 18, 1933 in Johnson City, TN to Jacob H. Kyker and Nola Marsh Kyker. Dennis grew up on a dairy farm in Jonesborough, TN with a love for God and His creation. After high school he left the mountains of East Tennessee and looked for work in Polo, IL where he learned the trade of a newspaper pressman. In Polo, Illinois he met the love of his life and married Roberta Mckay. After marriage Dennis and Roberta moved to Johnson City, TN. Later the Kykers moved to North Carolina and settled in Greensboro in 1961 where Dennis began working for the Greensboro News & Record. Dennis & Roberta raised six children on their small farm in Julian where Dennis loved to work outside in his produce gardens and tend to the animals. After 56 years of marriage to his best friend and love, Roberta left this life and joined Church Triumphant in 2012. Dennis was preceded in death by three sisters, Mabel Payne, Velma Huisman, Ruby Edwards, and one brother, W. Howard Kyker. Dennis is survived by his children, Carl (Cindy) Kyker of Woodstock, GA, Charles (Julie) Kyker of Hickory, NC, Cindy (Carl) Johnson of Greensboro, NC, Jacob (Andrea) Kyker of Franklinville, NC, Cathy (Tony) Webster of Gibsonville, NC, and Clay Kyker of Semora, NC, twelve grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and a brother, James Kyker, Jonesboro, TN, and a sister, Norma Jean Funderberg, Shawnee, OK. Dennis is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church where he loved teaching and ministering to adults as a Sunday School teacher and he served for years as a certified lay speaker of the United Methodist Church in area churches. A Viewing and Receiving of Friends is at 1:00 pm, A Celebration of Life at 2:00pm and graveside service immediately following will all be observed at Tabernacle UMC on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com. Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty, NC has the honor of serving the Kyker Family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Building Fund of Tabernacle UMC, 5721 Methodist Road, Greensboro NC 27406 or give online at the website www.tabernacle-umc.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jacob H. Kyker, Father
  • Nola Marsh Kyker, Mother
  • Roberta McKay Kyker, Wife
  • Mabel Payne, Sister
  • Velma Huisman, Sister
  • Ruby Edwards, Sister
  • Norma Jean Funderberg, Sister
  • W. Howard Kyker, Brother
  • James Kyker, Brother
  • Cindy Johnson, Daughter
  • Carl Johnson, Son-in-law
  • Cathy Webster, Daughter
  • Tony Webster, Son-in-law
  • Carl Kyker, Son
  • Cindy Kyker, Daughter-in-law
  • Charles Kyker, Son
  • Julie Kyker, Daughter-in-law
  • Jacob Kyker, Son
  • Andrea Kyker, Daughter-in-law
  • Clay Kyker, Son
  • Mr. Kyker also leaves twelve grandchildren and great grandchildren to cherish his memory.
  • DONATIONS

  • Taberbacle United Methodist Church Building Fund

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 26, 2018
REMEMBERING

Dennis Clinton Kyker

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Robert Runion

February 24, 2019

My condolences to Dennis' family. I was unaware of Dennis' passing until I just read his brother James Kyker's obituary in the Johnson City paper this morning. Dennis and I are not only cousins, but we attended school together at Lamar School, Washington Co., TN for many years and his passing brings back some most pleasant memories of our childhood. God bless Dennis and his family.

Sandra (Kyker) Holt

December 27, 2018

Dear Carl, Charles, Cindy, Jacob, Cathy, Clay and Families,
From the very first time we visited your family I felt like the most special girl in the world. Uncle Dennis and Aunt Roberta had a way of making all our visits special whether it was at your home in N. C. or our home in TN. I loved those home grown cantaloupes that Uncle Dennis teased me about being mushmelons! I remember the nice backyard at your house with the treehouse and the large swing set. And I loved Cindy and Cathy's special make-up tables too. I thank you all for the "cousin hospitality". Uncle Dennis had a way of making me feel like a queen.

In later years, I appreciated the very meaningful phone calls and him asking me about the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I really appreciated the more recent phone calls where he allowed me to pray with him. It was an honor for me to be able to reach out to him. We were all blessed to know Uncle Dennis and we can look forward to the heavenly reunion when Jesus comes. I shared this scripture when I conducted my Mom's funeral four years ago: John 14:1-3; "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father' s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. " It's up to us to keep caring and sharing. Sending love and prayers, Sandra and David Holt

Clyde & Carmela Church

December 26, 2018

We are sorry for your loss. While we did not know Dennis personally, we are able to see his faith through the family that he has raised. We pray for peace and comfort for the family in the days to come.

Ricky Dodson

December 25, 2018

Jacob,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May you draw from God the peace and power that only He can give.

School classmate and friend,
Ricky Dodson

Randy Treadway

December 25, 2018

Dear Kyker Friends,
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful Dad. I always enjoyed being being around him when our families visited each other during those great summers of the 60's and 70's. He always had kind words and funny stories to share while he and my Dad kept a watchful eye on all of us. Mom still reminisces of those times our families had together, also and sends her love.
Our prayers are with your whole family, but what a comfort to know what a celebration he is now enjoying.
May God Bless You All,
Randy Treadway
Church Hill, TN

Burma Cloyd

December 25, 2018

Dear Cousins Charles, Cathy, Cindy, Carl, Clay, Jacob, and all family ~
I'm praying for you all as you bravely celebrate Uncle Dennis' graduation to heaven. I know the mixed feelings at this time - I understand the blessing of knowing Uncle Dennis is so happy now, healed and whole, the person God created him to be! He and my mommie, your Aunt Velma, and the other siblings, along with Grandma Nola, are having such a reunion we cannot imagine! But we still want them here with us, and it will take our faith in Jesus to bravely wait for our reunion with them, I know.

I didn't get to spend much time with my uncle, but I had some really good conversations with him on the phone. He was so funny, talking about his beloved donkey and rooster! I'm so glad I had my sweet Uncle Dennis in my life! I will miss him, and look forward to getting to know him better in our forever life! Jesus probably has Uncle Dennis surrounded with sweet animals for him to love!!
I love you all, and I am here for you! God bless you with His healing peace.
Much love & prayers,
Burma<><

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Biography

Dennis Clinton Kyker of Julian, NC went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born on July 18, 1933 in Johnson City, TN to Jacob H. Kyker and Nola Marsh Kyker. Dennis grew up on a dairy farm in Jonesborough, TN with a love for God and His creation. After high school he left the mountains of East Tennessee and looked for work in Polo, IL where he learned the trade of a newspaper pressman. In Polo, Illinois he met the love of his life and married Roberta Mckay. After marriage Dennis and Roberta moved to Johnson City, TN. Later the Kykers moved to North Carolina and settled in Greensboro in 1961 where Dennis began working for the Greensboro News & Record. Dennis & Roberta raised six children on their small farm in Julian where Dennis loved to work outside in his produce gardens and tend to the animals. After 56 years of marriage to his best friend and love, Roberta left this life and joined Church Triumphant in 2012. Dennis was preceded in death by three sisters, Mabel Payne, Velma Huisman, Ruby Edwards, and one brother, W. Howard Kyker. Dennis is survived by his children, Carl (Cindy) Kyker of Woodstock, GA, Charles (Julie) Kyker of Hickory, NC, Cindy (Carl) Johnson of Greensboro, NC, Jacob (Andrea) Kyker of Franklinville, NC, Cathy (Tony) Webster of Gibsonville, NC, and Clay Kyker of Semora, NC, twelve grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and a brother, James Kyker, Jonesboro, TN, and a sister, Norma Jean Funderberg, Shawnee, OK. Dennis is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church where he loved teaching and ministering to adults as a Sunday School teacher and he served for years as a certified lay speaker of the United Methodist Church in area churches. A Viewing and Receiving of Friends is at 1:00 pm, A Celebration of Life at 2:00pm and graveside service immediately following will all be observed at Tabernacle UMC on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com. Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty, NC has the honor of serving the Kyker Family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Building Fund of Tabernacle UMC, 5721 Methodist Road, Greensboro NC 27406 or give online at the website www.tabernacle-umc.com.