Carroll Lee (Jim) Kyer, 73, died September 6 at home in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. He was born July 26, 1944 in New York, NY, to the late Margaret F. Kyer (Thomason) and Jesse E. Kyer. He was a 1962 graduate of Huntington High School and a 1967 graduate of Marshall University. On January 17, 1965 he married Linda L. Cornett. On June 3, 1983, he married the late Sue E. Dickerson, with whom he would spend the next 34 years until her passing 2 weeks prior to his death.
Carroll began his professional career at Huntington Hobby&Sports; Shop in Huntington, WV, selling athletic uniforms and equipment to local schools. He moved to Dayton, OH as a buyer for Rikes Department Store in 1967 and then to New York, NY as a salesman and later VP of Sales and Marketing for John C Sleater Co, Inc.. In 1982, he started his own business, CLICK Associates, Inc. as an independent sales representative. Later, he would expand his business to include work as a mortgage broker for Carteret Mortgage and a small jobs contractor with a second business, No Can Do, LLC.
From his days playing football at Huntington High through his last days meeting with medical professionals, Carroll made and maintained friendships for a lifetime. He enjoyed meeting and talking with people and making them laugh. He often said “my goal every day is to make at least one person smile or laugh”. He was a gregarious man who enjoyed nothing more than the company of his friends and family, a story well told, good food, and a glass of fine wine. He was a member of Marshall Alumni Association and proudly flew the MU flag on game day. In later years, he took up hunting, spending time afield with his sons, grandsons, and friends in several states across the country he loved to travel across. In his last years, he was dedicated to the care of his wife, Sue, who was battling Parkinson’s Disease.
Carroll was raised in the United Methodist Church, but in 1983 he discovered that his biological father was Irving Winter, who was Jewish. He embarked then on a journey of change to embrace his identity as a Jew, and he had his Sephath Emeth on his nightstand when he passed. He was proud to say that discovering this truth made his spiritual life whole.
Carroll is survived by his sons and their wives: Christopher (Kelly); Sean (Jamie); Aaron (Leslie). Also surviving, his grandchildren: Mychael, Peyton, Quincy, Gavin, and Cannon; and his great-granddaughter, Magdalaina. Also surviving, his sisters-in-law, Jean (Steve), Beth (Patrick), Nan (fiancé Eric Lilly) and her children, Alex, Meg, and Eliza.
His passing leaves a hollow that can never be completely filled, but our memories of him are our treasure. He would have said, “Speak well of me, and often”.
Memorial contributions may be given to www.pulmonaryfibrosis.com
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Micki lit a candle on Sep 15 2017 11:27:53 AM
RIP my friend. You will be missed. You touched many lives in so many ways. You and Sue are together and whole again. I am a better man for having called you my friend.
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Tim Hendrick lit a candle on Sep 13 2017 06:30:55 AM
Jim, a life well lived. You will be missed. Burn some steaks for us R.I.P. . Jerry Pramik
Submitted by Jerry Pramik on Sep 12 2017 06:49:13 PM
I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I knew him when we were in college at Marshall and knew your mom from the time we were little girls. I know you will miss him, but I feel sure he is at peace with Sue by his side. R. I. P. Jim.
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