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Rodney Dyer

Published: 08/02/2013

Rodney Dyer

Died: July 30, 2013

Rodney Dyer, 55, of Mohawk, died Tuesday at the Johnson City Medical Center.

Rodney was born in Greeneville on Oct. 28, 1957, and graduated from West Greene High School, where he played basketball and was active in the Future Farmers of America.

He attended the University of Tennessee on an ROTC scholarship.

Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and began a successful 23-year career. Although he held many positions while in the Army, he always identified himself as a helicopter pilot, which brought him so much enjoyment.

His rise through the ranks culminated in the role of chief of staff for the State of Nebraska Army National Guard. Shortly before his retirement in 2002, he was promoted to brigadier general.

While in the service, he earned two master's degrees from Troy University in Alabama and the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.

As a lifelong learner, he set his sights on a second career in education. He attended Carson-Newman University and earned a Master of Arts in Education degree.

Because he loved interacting with students of all ages, he began his second career with the Hamblen County School System as a science teacher and basketball coach at Lincoln Heights Middle School in Morristown before joining the faculty and administration at Carson-Newman, where he served in several capacities, including vice president of Student Affairs.

At the time of his death, he was teaching sixth-grade math at East Ridge Middle School in Whitesburg.

His passion for helping to guide students both in the classroom and in life left a lasting impression on many who interacted with him.

Although his career took him all over the world, he was always the happiest in the mountains of East Tennessee.

One of his favorite pastimes was woodworking. He learned the skills by watching the men in his family throughout childhood and was able to hone his craft in his later years. He loved making wooden toys and trains, which are now enjoyed and cherished by his grandchildren and others.

He was especially known for his banks made from old post office box doors, a skill taught to him by his friend Don Dawson.

He was a member of Concord Baptist Church in Mohawk.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years: Sandra Dyer; daughters and their spouses: Erin Dyer (Michael Curry), Beth Dyer, and Tessa Dyer (Matt Eitel); former wife: Martha Dyer; stepdaughter: Amy Kicken (Louis); grandchildren: Macy Dyer, Amelia and Avery Hildenbrand, Olivia Curry, Mallory Eitel, Levi, Megan and Liam Kicken, and Brody and Jacob Curry; his parents: Walter and Betty Dyer of Mohawk; his siblings: James Dyer (Lisa) and Nora Beth Friesen (Randy); aunts and uncles: Carolyn and Allen Rothe, Ben and Jane Dyer, and Geneva Dyer; and nieces: Cassie Adkins, Ashley Hammer and Jessie Dyer. He was also loved by many cousins.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Dyer, and many beloved uncles and aunts.

To honor Rodney's wishes, the family will be having a celebration of life at the McDonald Mission Center located at 75 Ailshie Lane, Mohawk, on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Friends can gather beginning at noon for a time of food, fellowship and celebration of an amazing man. At 2 p.m., Pastors Larry Jones and Richard Long will lead those gathered in a time of remembrance and sharing.

In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of Rodney's lifelong commitment to the importance of education, donations may be made to the Hamblen County School System, and mailed to East Ridge Middle School, Attn: Danny Templin, principal, 6595 St. Clair Road, Whitesburg, TN 37891.

Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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