Judy Byler, age 79, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at her home in Jackson, Tennessee.
She was born on August 26, 1943 in DeRidder, Louisiana to the late John Darby and Hattie Corley Darby.
She was a Girl Scout Troop leader, Girls in Action leader and was involved in Explorer’s Bible Study from the time it began in Jackson until she was no longer able. Judy loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson for many years. She loved to help others and this was evident in her involvement with different organizations through the years and always in a servant’s role. Her greatest accomplishments really can’t be measured by what groups she participated in. She made a difference in lives, literally around the world. Her joy was in serving Jesus through loving and helping others. It is impossible to know just how many people experienced the love of God delivered through a care package from the other side of the world, an encouraging word shared in their time of need, clothes delivered when they had lost all they had and many other ways. To be frank about it, she wouldn’t be that happy that her family is praising her for these things, because praise isn’t why she did them. To her, it was the least she could for her Savior. No matter where she found herself, Judy would engage with most anyone. Even through all she endured in her final days, those helping her were touched and blessed by her. Judy and John were married for almost 60 years, a living example of love and that marriage is a good and sacred relationship. She was his good thing, his gift from God. She taught her son and daughter to love the Lord, and to serve Him. She passed on a work ethic that’s hard to find in today’s world. Sunday School, Bible Drill, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, GAs, soccer games, Marching Band, Color Guard, military Mom, Oma, friend – Momma. She loved her family and we love her. Judy was truly a Proverbs 31 wife and mother.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Darby.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years, John Byler of Jackson, Tennessee; son, Christian Byler and his wife Jana of Denmark, Tennessee; daughter, Kim Byler of Oxford, Mississippi; and three grandchildren, Joshua Byler and his wife Madison, Caleb Byler and his fiancé Anna and JohnDavid Byler.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at First Baptist Church Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Samaritan’s Purse.