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William Pyles

Monday, June 2, 2003

William Richard Pyles, commonly referred to as Rick or Bill, formerly of Clarkston, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on May 29, 2003. He peacefully passed away at 4:30 P.M. in his Arbyrd, Mo home with his wife, Sherry, and daughter-in-law, Betty-Lynn, by his side. Rick was born in Portageville, Missouri on May 10, 1943 and is preceded in death by his father, Chester Pyles; mother, Christine "Tiner" Pyles; two sisters, Princess Faye Pyles and Dorothy Imogene Pyles; and son, Richard Keith Pyles. On June 28, 1967, he married Sherry (Hyde) who survives him. Rick is also survived by four sons: Mark Pyles of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jerry Pyles of Arbyrd, Missouri, Brian Pyles of Swartz Creek, Michigan, and Daven (Betty Lynn) Pyles of Arbyrd, Missouri; six grandsons: Richard, Andrew, Nicholas, Micheal, Joshua, and Austin; one granddaughter, Miranda; one brother, David (Shirley) Pyles, of Dexter, Missouri; and family (like a son) friend, Matthew (Ellen) Dougherty of Waterford, Michigan. Rick moved to Michigan in the mid-1960's from Missouri and secured employment with General Motors. He was employed by GM for 33 years, most of which were spent at the General Motors Service Parts Operation plant in Drayton Plains, Michigan. From early childhood through the summer of 2002, Rick was an avid baseball player, playing on two to three teams per season. He also enjoyed playing backyard sports with his children and their friends. Every summer, Rick and his wife took their children camping in upper Michigan. Once his children were grown, he then had the pleasure of playing with his grandchildren. Rick could always be found with the children, not the adults, at family functions. Although he spent many hours with children and grandchildren, he treasured the 36 years he spent with his wife, Sherry. He enjoyed being with her more than anyone else in life. In October of 1999, he retired from General Motors and moved to southern Missouri to ejoy his retirement. Funeral visitation for Rick will take place at McDaniel Funeral Home in Arbyrd, Missouri from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, June 1, 2003. Funeral services will be conducted at Calvary Full Gospel Church in Caldwell, Missouri at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 2, 2003 by Pastor DeMint. Rick will be laid to rest at LuLu Cemetery in Senath, Missouri. PAID

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