Obituary For Pastor Johnny B. Dyer

July 5, 1931 - August 5, 2019

On August 5, 2019, Pastor John B. "Johnny" Dyer, Jr., devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord at the age of 88.


A funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, August 10, at Fair Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Friday evening, 5 - 8 PM, at Fair Funeral Home.


The third eldest of ten children, Johnny was born on July 5, 1931 in Leaksville, NC to the late, John Bullard and Alice Joyce Dyer.  After graduating from Leaksville High School in 1949, he served in the US Marine Corps and attended Elon College before working 30 years for Duke Power at Dan River Steam Station in Eden.  In addition, he served as pastor of Roberts Memorial Baptist Church in Stoneville for 27 years and Mayfield Missionary Baptist Church in Ruffin for 20 years.  On November 26, 1959, he married Betty "Bunny" Gilley,  they were married 42 years until her passing in November 2001.  In 2003, Johnny remarried  to Virginia Cox Newnam and they were married 16 years until his passing.  He is also survived by his two children, Lee Schmalbach (Gary) and John B. "Jay" Dyer III (Paige);two brothers, Bobby and Richard Dyer (Wanda);  sisters, Phyllis Stickels, Betty Citty, Nell Hubbard (Wayne), and Lynn Dyer; seven grandchildren: Tara Peaco (Bryan ), Allison Miller (Jake), Katie Kimberlin (Micah), Sarah Keller (Will), Jake Dyer, Clay Dyer, and Noah Dyer; great-grandchildren: Ella and Bryn Peaco; Mia, Molly, and Maverick Miller; Hudson and Charlotte Kimberlin; step-children, Dale , Mark and Robin Newnam and Jewel Newnam Van Abel.

He is preceded in death by two years brothers Brewer and Jimmy Dyer and one sister, Ann.

"...go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15.  Johnny, an ordained minister, had a passion for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and a little red book of scripture with everyone he met.  He worked tirelessly for nearly five decades as a pastor where he touched countless lives, from the mission fields of India to the congregations he served in rural NC.  He was known for his selfless dedication, work ethic, kindness, compassion, faith and dutiful service.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Samaritan's Purse International Christian Relief, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.


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