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.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com
What a day of rejoicing it must be in heaven...Johnny has gone home! And while I know you are all sad to have to say goodbye to such a wonderful father, grandfather, husband, and brother, I know Jesus has greeted him with a "Well done, thy good and faithful servant!" Johnny has touched so many lives including mine. He was a powerful influence on me for many years at Roberts Memorial. And while I have not been close to him for many years I still felt his influence on my life so many years later. It was always a joy to see him from time to time around town. His personality was always bold and moving! God bless you all greatly as you adjust to life here without him!
Estellé and Bert Gullett
love and prayers for all the family. met this dear preacher and his wife Kitty at preachers meetings several yrs. ago.loved to hear Bro. Johnnie preach.may God comfort your hearts now and in the days to come. Jim and Betty McGhee.
The world lost a great man. My heart goes out to you. Praying for everyone.
Sorry for loss,Praying for you guys.Johnny wild man dyer was my friend. He will be surely missed.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Pastor Johnny Dyer. He was a very loving man of GOD. He was loved by all of my family, especially my mother Sallie Lemons. He really comforted us by preaching her eulogy. He will be greatly missed. Sending our love to Mrs. Kitty and the entire family.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Dyer. To Jay, Lee and the family, oh what a Homecoming it was though for him to be in the presence of his Lord, our Savior, without a sorry, nor pain, and with his lived ones awaiting him there. Our prayers of comfort are with you, and may the grace & joy of Jesus be with you always.
Johnny was the first pastor I ever had at Roberts Memorial Baptist Church. He baptized me in Matrimony Creek at age 5, and for many years to follow served as an outstanding role model for our family of how a servant of Jesus Christ should live. I have many fond memories of hearing him preach, attending visitation with him, and singing Christmas carols to the community with him and the other church members. He was a good, honest man and I know he was loved by many in Eden and beyond, and many will mourn his loss. While I'm sorry to hear of his passing, I rejoice in the reunion I know he is having in Heaven with all those whom he loved and lost, especially Bunny. And the greatest prize for Johnny is surely to stand at the feet of his risen Lord, and hear the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant".
Sympathy and prayers to all Johnny's family and others whom he influenced to walk with Christ. Betty and Lynn, whom I know personally, please know I offer my special condolences to you at the loss of your brother.
Rev. Marcia McQueen
My condolences to the Dyer family at the death of Johnny (whom I did not know). I especially extend my sympathies to Bobby and to Betty, both of whom I knew well as we were growing up in our teen years (in the 1950's). May God richly bless you in the loss of your brother.
James (Jimmy) Adkins, Selmer, TN
Dear Kitty, & Dyer family, We are so sorry to hear of Brother Johnnys' passing . He was a go-getter for "JESUS" . He was what he preached about, kind, loving ,giving Man of God . I pray his preaching will continue to Save Souls even now & after his going on to Heaven . He is Healed now . May God Bless & comfort each of you during & after this difficult time . You are in my thoughts & Prayers, Love in Christ, Nancy & Harold Raines .!
Pastor was such a blessing to everyone he meet. Our loss and heavens gain. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gladys M Hill and Family
Gladys M Hill and Family
My father, J. e. Fulcher, worked with “Johnnie” at Duke Power. Remember that Daddy spoke highly of John and considered him to be a friend. My memory of John was him putting a really playhouse in our backyard for some time until he had a place for it for Lee. Thank you, John, I loved playing in the playhouse. My sympathies to the family for your loss.
Amy Fulcher Taylor
To all the family we are so sorry to learn of Johnny’s passing. He was a great man and so kind to everyone he met. Prayers and deepest sympathy.
Susan & Louis Childrey
Lee and Family: My condolences to you as you go through this time. Lee was one of my best friends when growing up in Eden. Her Father was always a positive, caring presence.
Virginia Ann Wall
Dear Lee and Jay and Johnny’s families, Though out of touch for many years, I feel the closeness that family brings together in sad times like this. Johnny’s smile,so aptly captured in this photo, always brought us kindness and his deep concern for our religious beliefs. I am so very sorry to think of you without him in your lives, especially the lives of your children, great and great great grandchildren. The memories we have of Johnny and Bunny are fond and joyful , especially of us together in the old days. I wish you much sympathy.
Pam Atkins and Russ Karasik , Jesse and Reed
Jay - So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Shively Harbour
Dear Dyer Family- We were so saddened to hear of your great loss, but know that Mr. Dyer is at peace in paradise with God. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Melanie Stone Acton and family
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