LONGVIEW – Ray C. Dyer, 89, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at his residence. He was a member of Longview Baptist Church, where he was an inactive deacon. He served his county during World War II in the Army. He was a prisoner of war for 21 days and was awarded a Purple Heart. After the Army, he worked as a deck hand for the Memphis Riverboat Barge Company and for several years at Day-Brite in Tupelo. He was a member of the Pontotoc American Legion Post 16, the V.F.W., D.A.V., and he was a Gideon. He farmed and raised cattle for over 30 years. After retiring he gardened, specializing in watermelons. He enjoyed riding four-wheelers, working, hunting, fishing, playing dominos, Rook and playing with his dog.
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Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Longview Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Burzynski, the Rev. George Steward, the Rev. Jimmy Russell and the Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery with military honors. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Annie Russell Dyer of Longview; his two daughters, Becky Terry of Tupelo and Lisa Dyer of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Mitchell Dyer (Vickie) of Longview, Michael Dyer (Debbie) of Longview and Russell Dyer (Tracy) of Randolph; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Dyer and Willie Mae Biffle Dyer; three sisters; and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Dyer, Michael Dyer, Russell Dyer, Jason Dyer, Isaac Dyer and Chuck Pound.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at Longview Baptist Church on Friday from 2 to 3 p.m.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Apr. 24, 2014