Billy Gene Pyle (3/13/1928 - 9/29/2018)

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Billy Gene Pyle, 90, was the second of five children born to Alonzo Odell and Bonnie (McConnell) Pyle on March 3, 1928 near Kemp, Texas. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of September 29, 2018.

Billy met the love of his life, Betty Dickerson in 1944. He soon swept her off her feet and married her on September 21, 1946. Sharing his life with her for 72 years was something not many get to witness. We've always felt grateful to be the benefactors of and witness to that true love and testimony to dedication. They started a family that consisted of two sons Larry and Terry and two daughters Sherolyn and Belinda. Shortly after their marriage, Billy was employed by Simmons Bedding Company working as a Beautyrest Mattress closer, upholsterer and machine mechanic. Billy retired from Simmons after 37 years of employment. He had a dedication for his job and instilled a strong work ethic in all his children.

At age 25, Billy was ordained as a deacon for the First Baptist Church of Ferris, TX. He also served as a deacon for First Baptist Church of Euless and lastly Westlake Baptist Church of Chandler, TX.

Billy was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He taught his children how to camp, fish and hunt. Many weeks of the summer were spent camping out with his brothers and their families, enjoying the lakes of East Texas. He was a great husband, father and friend. And was always willing with a soft heart to help anyone that needed his assistance.

Billy was looked upon as "Mr. Fix It", a "tinkerer" and a "fixer". His ability to build or repair anything was phenomenal. He spent untold hours crafting tokens of love for his sweetheart, refurbishing bicycles for the kids at church, carving wooden ducks for family members, and bringing back to life a go kart for his great grandchildren. True to form, as he was always a kid at heart, he insisted that he test drive the go kart first, just to make sure it was road worthy.

We always knew when it was time for a meal. When Dad stood, and reached out his hands, we knew it was time for us all to join hands in our circle, and Daddy would say a prayer to bless our food and those that prepared it. That circle will never be the same without him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers J.W. and Odie Pyle, sister Joy McCain, son Larry Gene Pyle and grandson Larry Eugene Pyle

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Betty, son Terry Pyle and wife Cindy, daughter Sherolyn Hunsinger and husband Hank, daughter Belinda Honea and husband Roger, grandsons Chad Pyle and wife Kelly, Todd Honea and wife Bekah, granddaughters Patricia Peters and husband Chris, Stephanie Collins and husband Brett, 5 great-grandchildren Chase, Alexa, Larry Ethan, Megan and Bryce and 4 great-great-grandchildren, Gracelynn, Levi, Reese and Nora.

The family will be receiving friends from 5-7pm Monday, October 1, 2018 at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. A celebration of life for Billy will be held at 10:00am Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Westlake Baptist Church, Chandler, TX. Interment will be at Pyle Prairie Cemetery in Kemp, TX at 2:00 pm.

For those wishing to do so, memorials may be made in Billy's memory to Westlake Baptist Church, 1439 FM315, Chandler, TX 75758

Pallbearers will be grandsons Chad Pyle, Todd Honea, great grandson Chase Pyle and nephews Lance Lanford, James Pyle and Robert Pyle.

Honorary pallbearers are Past and Present Westlake Baptist Church deacons.

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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Chandler Memorial Funeral Home - Chandler
205 South Broad Street PO Box 895
Chandler, TX 75758
(903) 849-6145
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 1, 2018
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