Frank “Dwight” Byars

By | December 28, 2017 9:19 am

Frank “Dwight” Byars, a Sparta resident and Warren County native, passed away Dec. 26, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Byars was born Dec. 11, 1943.

A member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of Frank Byars and Imogene Turner Byars.

Mr. Byars attended Centertown Elementary School and Central High School. He started tool and die at John Oster Manufacturing Company. He spent 40-plus years in aerospace all over the country, with 20 years at Aerostructures, in Nashville, and a couple of years in Oak Ridge.

He helped design the Moon Box-Rock Samples. He worked at AVCO Aerostructures, 1969-1990, and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, 1990-1993. He eventually retired from Bell Helicopter/Textron as the senior vice-president of manufacturing operations where he worked from 1993 to 2003.

He was a member of Brothers of The Third Wheel, Eagles Club, Moose Club, Sons of The American Legion, NRA, and the Republicans. His interests included his famous square foot garden, golf, bowling, motorcycles, fishing, animals, and Tennessee Titans tailgating.

Mr. Byars was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Tony Byars.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Peavyhouse Byars, of Sparta; seven children and their spouses, Gary Byars, of Smyrna, Terry Byars, of Wilson County, Mark and Risa Byars, of Charleston, South Carolina, Chris and Saskia Byars, of Huntsville, Alabama, Jonathan and Donna Byars, of Arlington, Virginia, Becky and Daniel Smith, of Cookeville, Chance Byars, of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; aunt, Joyce Wallace, of Murfreesboro; and a special pet, Mikey.

Funeral service will be noon, Dec. 29, 2017, in the chapel at High Funeral Home, in McMinnville. Bro. Bill Williams will officiate. There will be no burial. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 29, at the funeral home.

A special “thank you” goes out to Dr. Jack Jacobs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Fisher House    Foundation at Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home, in McMinnville, is in charge of arrangements.

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