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October 18, 1926 - January 8, 2018
Funeral services for Mr. Grady S. Kyle, 91, of Beckville, Texas will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Otto and Rev. Leah Hanks officiating. Burial will follow in the Woods Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at Hawthorn’s. Mr. Kyle died January 8, 2018 in Longview, Texas.
Mr. Grady Stanhope Kyle was born October 18, 1926 in the Woods Post Office Community of Panola County, Texas. He was one of five children born to the marriage of Kit Carson and Berta Elizabeth Hooker Kyle. He was raised and schooled in Tenaha and Woods Community, graduating from Carthage High School with the class of 1945 active in the school band. He learned guitar with James and Carey Rhiddlehoover and James Travis “Jim” Reeves. He would receive both his bachelors and masters in music from Stephen F. Austin State University. Grady would serve his country through the U. S. Army. He married John Anne “Johnnie” Brooks September 8, 1947 and they celebrated over 57 years of marriage before her death in 2005. Mr. Kyle served as a talented band director in Jasper, Texas and DeRidder, Louisiana until retirement. He worked as a cattle rancher and was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as choir director for many years. He was a charter member of the Sounds of Swing Band performing all over East Texas, a member of the Carthage Lions Club, and was inducted into the Carthage Bulldog Band Alumni Hall of Honor. He is also preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Murph H. Kyle and wife Vivian, K.C. “Casey” Kyle and wife Birdie, sister, Gwendolyn Kyle Meeks and husband Bennis, sister-in-law, Mildred Williamson Kyle and an infant son, Kevin Kyle.
Mr. Kyle is survived by his loving daughter, Kathy Kyle Johnson and husband Carl, devoted son, Kit Brooks Kyle of Fairplay, brother, Dr. Wayne Kyle of Carthage, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and a host of friends. Memorials may be made to the First U.M.C. Choir; 201 S. Shelby, Carthage, Texas 75633. An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com.
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