Sparta, TN, resident and Warren County, TN, native Frank "Dwight" Byars, 74, was born Dec. 11, 1943, and passed away Dec. 26, 2017, at his residence.
A member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of the late Frank and Imogene Turner Byars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son Tony Byars.
He was married to Martha Peavyhouse Byars of Sparta, TN. In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children and spouses, Gary Byars of Smyrna, TN, Terry Byars of Wilson County, TN, Mark and Risa Byars of Charleston, SC, Chris and Saskia Byars of Huntsville, AL, Jonathan and Donna Byars of Arlington, VA, Becky and Daniel Smith of Cookeville, TN, and Chance Byars of Ft. Campbell, KY; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; aunt, Joyce Wallace of Murfreesboro, TN; and special pet, Mikey.
Dwight attended Centertown Elementary and Central High schools. He started tool and die at John Oster Manufacturing Company. He spent 40-plus years in aerospace all over the country, with 20 years at Aerostructures in Nashville, TN, and a couple of years in Oak Ridge. He helped design the Moon Box-Rock Samples. He worked at AVCO Aerostructures from 1969-'90 and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft from 1990-'93. He eventually retired from Bell Helicopter/Textron as the senior vice-president of manufacturing operations where he worked from 1993-2003. He was a member of Brothers of The Third Wheel, Eagles Club, Moose Club, Sons of The American Legion, NRA and The Republicans. His interests included his famous square foot garden, golf, bowling, motorcycles, fishing, animals and Tennessee Titans tailgating.
Funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in High's Chapel with Bro. Bill Williams officiating. There will be no burial. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at High's.
A special "thank you" goes out to Dr. Jack Jacobs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Fisher House Foundation at www.tennesseefisherhouse.org.
Arrangements were by High Funeral Home, McMinnville, TN.
Published on December 28, 2017