A gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of David Turner "Chunk" Byers, age 59, of Decherd, Tenn., will take place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday June 14, 2012 in the chapel of Doak-Howell Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Bevels officiating. Mr. Byers passed late Friday evening June 8, 2012 at his residence after an extended illness.
Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., one hour prior to the meeting time at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Mr. Byers was born January 15, 1953, in Lebanon, Tennessee to the late Robert Allison Byers and Guila Lee Vaden Byers.
"Chunk" was a man who wore many hats during his lifetime, from being an assistant manager of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, to being a long haul trucker! He was an avid sportsman who love the "quiet moments" while sitting in a deer stand on a cold frosty morning to floating down the Duck River in pursuit of an old rustyback smallmouth, all the while enjoying just being on the water. He was a man with so many friends and old buddies that it would seem impossible to keep up with so many names and faces. He was a man's man.
Survivors include who he referred to as his "perfect wife" Carolyn Ann Statham Byers of Decherd; stepsons Manuel Lee (Jennifer) Statham, Jr. of Estill Springs, Derek (Anna) Statham and Logan Statham and grandchildren Chelsey, Manuel and Landyn all of Decherd; Aunt, Jewel Wilson of Murfreesboro; Siblings, Peggy Sue (Ray) Fox of Lebanon, Walter Robert "Bobby" (Cathey) Byers II of Smyrna, Mary Ann Knight of Smyrna, Buford (Kathy) Byers of Old Hickory, Debbie (Larry Joe) Pace of Wartrace; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Center at (615) 467-1936.
Doak-Howell Funeral Home is serving the family.