Jimmy Byerley

  • Born: December 4, 1935
  • Died: January 31, 2015
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

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235 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Jimmy Byerley, 79, of Spartanburg, SC, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born December 4, 1935 in Kingsport, TN, he was the son of the late Forest Christie and Etta Jaye Byerley.

Mr. Byerley graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1954 and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1958. He became a pilot with the United States Air Force and served three tours in the Vietnam War. In 1967, he began a career as a pilot for Delta Airlines until his retirement in 1993. He was part of the Airline Pilot Association and Moose Club.

Survivors include his loving wife, Joyeuse B. Byerley; daughters, Rebecca Turner (Stafford) of Spartanburg, SC and Katherine Parks (Carl) of Abingdon, VA; step-son, Jeffrey Jennings (Kathleen) of Spartanburg; step-daughters, Judith Erps of Spartanburg, SC and Cynthia Jennings of Atlanta, GA; grandson, Dylan Byerley of Kingsport, TN; step-grandchildren, Costa Jennings, Ben Jennings, Nathan Erps, and Matthew Erps, all of Spartanburg; daughter in law, Amanda Byerley of Kingsport, TN; and sister, Gracie Lou Borelli of West Springfield, MA. He was predeceased by a son, David Byerley; a brother, Tommy Byerley; and the mother of his children, Nina Byerley of Kingsport, TN.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Gibbs Chapel in Montgomery Hall at Converse College, 580 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, with his step-son, Jeffrey Jennings officiating. A reception and visitation will follow the service.

A Celebration of Life service will also be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 14, 2015, in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home, 800 Truxton Dr., Kingsport, TN 37645. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #25/3 of Kingsport, TN and Gate City, VA. Visitation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miracle Hill Mission, 189 North Forest Street, Spartanburg, SC 29301; or The Salvation Army, P.O. Drawer 2909, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am just now learning of Jimmy's death. I wish I had known he was in Spartanburg... Gracie Lou and I were great friends growing up as well as being neighbors. I am so sad to learn of Jimmy's death.

Posted by Judy Peery - Friend   July 04, 2021

Jim was one of those people who made my career at Delta such a meaningful experience.

Posted by Harry Ballance - Atlanta, GA - Pilot at DeltaAir Lines   April 09, 2015


My prayer for you and your family: "The love that you have for this soul carry you until He returns. May God bless their soul. In God's peace and love."

Posted by Tina Bogan - SC   February 07, 2015

Dear Family,

I had the privilege of flying with Jim as his copilot on numerous occasions in the late 1970's and early 1980's. In addition to Jim being a fine pilot, he was also an excellent mentor to young copilots who were fortunate to fly with captains like Jim who set the bar high and expected you to meet or exceed the bar as a professional aviator for Delta.
I have positive memories of my flights with Jim and wish him blue skies and smooth air on the next journey that we all must take.

May he rest in peace.


Robert d. (Bob) Moser

Posted by Robert D. (Bob) Moser - Atlanta, GA - fellow Delta pilot   February 06, 2015

To the family
May you find peace from the God of all comfort who surpasses all understanding at this most difficult time.

Posted by - Atlanta, GA   February 06, 2015

Judy, I am so sorry for the loss of your step father. I am sure he was a kind and loving man and will be missed by many All of you are in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Diane Yelton - Lyman, SC   February 04, 2015