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Vernon Ray Byers

March 16, 1938 — March 7, 2024

Athens, Texas

Vernon Ray Byers, 85, passed away on March 7, 2024, in Kerens, Texas. He was born on March 16, 1938, in Eustace, Texas, to parents James Samuel and Mattie Lee (Henson) Byers.

Vernon married his loving wife, Joyce on January 26, 1983, in Corsicana, Texas. They spent many years together building a life many would wish for, a home full of love and laughter always made everyone feel welcome. Vernon was once the owner of the Byers Feed Store in Eustace, Texas and also the owner of a fertilizer business from which he eventually retired. He was a distinguished Army veteran and esteemed rancher, but he was more than just a man of duty and hard work; Vernon was a beacon of light in his community. Known for his striking blue eyes and captivating storytelling abilities, Vernon never shied away from striking up conversations with anyone who crossed his path. His ability to connect with people on a personal level earned him the reputation of never meeting a stranger.

Vernon had a deep love for his cows and was known by his family to always be bringing them inside the house. The love for his cows was matched only by his affection for his beloved mule, Jenny. Among his many joys in life, Vernon loved his dog Jack, his loyal canine companion with whom he embarked on countless coon hunting adventures.

Vernon was a presence unto himself. In the gentle embrace of fond memories and shared reminiscences, we honor his life and legacy - a true gentleman whose laughter will forever echo through the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents, James Samuel and Mattie Lee Byers; son, Virgil Byers; siblings, James Marvin Byers, Nellie Mae Boyde (Byers), Roy Elmer Byers, Letha LaVerne Westmoreland (Byers), Wilma Earline (Byers), Virgil Eugene Byers, Lonnie Earl Byers, Bonnie Merle Wilson (Byers), Hazel Irene Weaver (Byers), Jimmie Wayne Byers, and Patsy Sue Ashton.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Joyce Byers of Athens, TX; daughter, Joni Shelton and husband Lary of Athens, TX; step-daughter, Angela Marlin and husband Tod of Kemah, TX; grandchildren, Madison Hunt, Morgan Hunt, Maverick Shelton, Georgia Shelton, Brandon Sheller, Steven Sheller, Sarah Mashburn, and Paul Barkley, sister, Shirley Roman (Byers) of Trinidad, TX; and sister, Edie Featherston (Byers) and husband Stanley of Mabank, TX.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Friday, April 6, 2001

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

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