Born: Monday Jan 17, 1944

Died: Saturday Jul 29, 2017


Merchant "Smokey" Leroy Hyler

January 17, 1944 - July 29, 2017

Merchant “Smokey” Leroy Hyler, 73, of 119 S. Edgewood Rd, passed away at Morehead Nursing Center on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  

A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Osborne Baptist Church.  Interment will follow the service in Dan View Cemetery with Military Honors provided by U.S. Marine Corps and The Rockingham County Veterans Honor Guard.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 pm at Osborne Baptist Church and other times at the residence.

Mr. Hyler was born in Pittsylvania County, VA on January 17, 1944 to the late Martin Wesley and Gaetrel Barber Hyler.  Merchant retired from the Eden Police Department with 30 years of service and from Rockingham Community College as a firearms instructor.  He was a member of American Legion Post #254, a charter member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 5, Rockingham County Marine Corps League, Pfc Jerry L. McKinney Detachment 1232 and a member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church.  The City of Eden dedicated the “Lt. M.L. “Smokey” Hyler Firearms  Training Facility” in his honor. 

Mr. Hyler is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Gloria Underwood Hyler; daughter, Jennifer Hyler Shelton and husband, Neil; grandsons, Tyler Shelton and fiancé Ashley Bray, and Taylor Shelton and wife, Katie Moore Shelton; brothers, M.L. Hyler and Ricky Hyler; father-in-law, George Underwood, Sr.; brothers-in-law, Berkley Corbin and Tommy Underwood I and wife, Vicki; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Corbin, mother-in-law, Eva Underwood and brother-in-law, George Underwood, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Hyler to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 5; 308 B. E. Stadium Drive, Eden, NC  27288, Hospice of Rockingham County; P.O. Box 281 Wentworth, NC 27375 , Dan View Cemetery Maintenance Association, P.O. Box 594 Eden, NC  27289 or the Eden Rescue Squad, 106 Mabel St. Eden, NC 27288.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com

 



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Gloria, Jennifer and family. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss of Smokey. Earth's loss was Heaven's gain. Gloria, you have been one of the most loving, caring, attentive wives I've ever known. I truly feel Smokey has seen Jesus and is fully he healed and rejoicing with loved ones waiting on him. I pray you, Jennifer and the other family will feel God's peace that paseth all understanding. My prayers are with you all.
Debbie Thompson Horton

Smokey is wrapped in the loving arms of Jesus and is healed of all earthly illness. May God comfort you and bless you in the days ahead.
Margaret Wray

To the Hyler family, I'm so sorry to hear of "Smokeys' passing. He was a fine Man & neighbor. We all grew up together. You all will be in my prayers.May God Bless and comfort you all during and after this difficult time, Love in Christ, Nancy Page Raines.
Nancy Raines

Gloria and family. So sorry to hear of Smokeys' passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and family. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult and sad time. Dock & Cheri H. Gilley
Cheri Gilley

Gloria, Jennifer, M.L., and Ricky - I was deeply saddened to learn of Smokey's passing. Please accept my deepest, heartfelt sympathies. He was such a good person and loved by many. He will be greatly missed. To Smokey- I wish you Godspeed...
Donna Chilton

So sorry to hear about Smokey. Keeping the Family In our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Ron & Donna Walker

My deepest sympathy on your loss, just 2yrs all but one day after Wayne. They are together in heaven now. God Bless you.
Sheila Carter

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you and Smokey as an ideal couple. I don't think I will ever forget floating down Smith river and Smokey flipping his chair and going backwards into the water. Good memories to cherish forever.
Phyllis (Angell) Bradley

Gloria, Jennifer and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for strength, comfort, peace and guidance for you all. In Christ, Kent and Lisa Tucker Evelyn White
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