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Obituary: Jefferson Houston Dyer, Sr.

Jefferson Houston Dyer, Sr.

Jefferson Houston Dyer, Sr., 80 of Nashville, died Feb. 14, 2013.

He was born May 14, 1932 in Cookeville, Tenn.

Mr. Dyer, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Consumer Banking, served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Pacific Fleet during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S. Sperry (AS-12). He started his professional career with First American National Bank in Nashville in 1955 and moved to Knoxville in 1975 as President of First American National Bank of Knoxville. He retired in 1988 to serve as commissioner of Financial Institutions in the cabinet of Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter.

In Knoxville, Mr. Dyer served as chairman of St. Mary’s Medical Center, chairman of the Patricia Neal Foundation Board, member of the Chancellors Association of the University of Tennessee, board member of Cherokee Country Club, and elder at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church. Throughout his lifetime, he served on these and many other boards that were important to him, with his focus always on bettering the lives of others. In Nashville, he was a member of Woodmont Christian Church and was a past master, Corinthian Lodge #414 F&AM.

Mr. Dyer is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Freeze Dyer; his children Jeff H. Dyer, Jr, (Jody), Knoxville; Jay R. Dyer, London, England; and Jennifer Dyer Soares, Brentwood; four grandchildren, Ellie and Anna Kate Soares, Brentwood, and Houston and Scotty Dyer, Knoxville; sister, Ona V (Finis) Fox of Dayton, Ohio; and brother Carroll (Shirley) Dyer of Atlanta. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett Bazz and Ruby Lewis Dyer; two sisters, Pearlie Bandy and Lucy Billingsly; and five brothers, Bazz Dyer II, Wallace Russell Dyer, Dillard Dyer, David Dyer and Bernice Dyer.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 , and from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 , at Woodmont Christian Church at 3601 Hillsboro Pike in Nashville. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Mon., Feb. 18, at Woodmont Christian Church with Dr. Willam R. Barron and the Rev. Clay Stauffer officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park at 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Dyer’s nephews, with honorary pallbearers being Jim Smith, Bill Johnson, Miller Cheek, Everett Davis, Kevin Foley, Roy Moriarity, Don Alexander, Clive Anderson, Paul Murphy and the members of Woodmont’s 4 o’clock Monday Group.

Memorials in memory of Mr. Dyer may by made to, or by mail to JDRF, 105 Westpark Dr. Suite 415, Brentwood, Tenn., 37027. Condolences may be made at

Posted on: 2/16/2013


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