James J. Kyker


James J. Kyker, age 88, Jonesborough, TN, went to his final rest on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Mr. Kyker was born in Washington County, TN and was the son of the late Jake H. Kyker and Nola Marsh Kyker. He was preceded in death by his wife Olivia Burdine Kyker on March 1, 2014. They had been married for 55 years. Also preceding him in death were his brothers and sisters, Ruby Edwards (Osco), Velma Huisman (John), Mabel Payne (Russell), William “Howard” Kyker (Betty), and Dennis Kyer (Roberta).
He attended Mt. Wesley and Mayberry United Methodist Churches.
At age 17, Mr. Kyker volunteered to serve in the United States Navy for 21 years, serving as Air Traffic Control Radio Operator and then as an Electronic Technician. He was in a serious military airplane crash in 1952 in Newfoundland. He was one of two surviving crew members. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as honored Chief on August 12, 1968. He chose to return home to the community that he loved and where he grew up and spent his retirement days dairy farming.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Holt (David); one son, Jim Kyker (Kim); four grandchildren, Travis Holt (Katrina), Tracy Holt, Amelia Kyker, Lindsey Kyker; two great-grandchildren, James and Emmarie Holt; one sister, Norma Jean Funderberg (Shawnee Oklahoma); and several really special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire Conklin Community, Mt. Wesley Church, The Veterans Administration Home Care Team, the Staff of Four Oaks and Lakebridge Healthcare Center, Caris and VA Hospice and many friends and relatives.
A private family service will be held at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home at Mr. Kyker’s request.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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02-28-2019 Sandra Holt
I would like to thank everyone one for your kindness and kind words during the passing of our father, James Kyker. Every word, card, flower, food, message, etc. is all so appreciated. Thank you most of all for your prayers on his behalf and for us. Words can not express our appreciation enough!
02-25-2019 James and Louise Holt
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. We enjoyed meeting him and having him as our patient. You are in our prayers.
02-24-2019 Robert Runion
My condolences to the family of James in their time of sorrow. James and I are distant cousins but we grew up in the same community. I attended school with Dennis and knew James as Dennis' older brother of whom he spoke fondly of many many times.
02-24-2019 Kyle and Wilma Blankenship
Sandra and David We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
02-23-2019 Connie Kyker
I am so sorry about your father's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you and your family.
02-23-2019 Sandra Rogers Hopson
I am so sorry for the loss of your father.He joined Ms Olivia and is now resting in a heavenly place of res.Love and Prayers to all of the family.


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