John Dewitt Byington Jr.

March 5, 1933October 5, 2020

John (Jay) DeWitt Byington Jr born March 5, 1933 to John and Evelyn Byington, passed last Monday. Few of us managed to live the life that Byington lived. He was blessed with good looks, great height and natural athletic ability but it was his unrelenting determination, drive and ambition that was the true secret to his success.

Jay was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee where he was a star center for the basketball team. He was so good that he considered going pro but ultimately chose to follow his father into banking.

Starting as a bank teller, Jay moved up the ranks quickly and was president of West Orange Bank in Orlando and President/Partner of the Florida Center Bank. During this time he became involved in real estate and was the owner of Carlton Arms apartments in Winter Park among other investments in the area.

From there Jay bought the Waynesville Country Club in Waynesville North Carolina, the 5750 building and Cypress Creek Country Club in Orlando. In all these endeavors, Jay turned these investments into successful businesses.

“My dad was a fantastic business man and incredible with numbers”. Son John Byington III recalls. “When we would travel in the car as kids, we use to quiz him with math problems that he could solve in his head before we could with the calculator.” “Son Richard remembers, “Dad was a constant and indefatigable presence at every game, in every sport I played, even a hockey game when I was thirty. I’ll always remember that.” Due to Coronavirus a closed service will be held for family Friday, October 9th. Jay is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sherli, sons and daughter in laws; John/Marina and Richard/Stephanie, grandchildren; Hunter, Evelyn and Tanner and brothers; Robert and Jimmy.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Ellie Marshall

October 21, 2020

Jay was gracious, charming, accomplished and oh so modest! His love for Sherli and devotion to John, Richard and their families was readily apparent. The loss of this fine man is huge - he was a favorite of all of us girl cousins! Sending love and hugs to Sherli and each of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ellie and Kip Marshall
Atlanta (Jackson Lake), Georgia

David Shea

October 13, 2020

Mr. Byington was such an intelligent man. I am honored and privileged to have known him and worked for him. My thoughts and prayer are with the family.

Michael Cartwright

October 13, 2020

My thoughts and my prayers go to you and your family today.
John was a gentleman and loved you and the family.
He will be missed but will always be remembered.


Susan Golden

October 10, 2020


My thoughts and prayers are with you; so sorry for your loss.



Bill and Marj Hill

October 8, 2020

Marj and I were 1951 classmates with J.D. at Knoxville High School, part of the last graduating class of KHS. I only knew J.D. from watching him play basketball on our Tennessee State Championship team of that year, but certainly have fond memories of that time and of him playing. I'm sure he will be missed by many. Our sympathies to the family.

Dee Woolford

October 8, 2020

I used to baby sit the boys and the Byinton's were so good to me! What a wonderful family---so sad for your loss.
Dee Claudy Woolford

Scott Galloway

October 8, 2020

All our love to Sherli and family on this sad occasion.
Scott and Rick
Scott Laurent Collection


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