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Earl Bennett Van Dyke, 73, husband of Lois Tripp Van Dyke died on Saturday, December 15, 2007
Earl Bennett Van Dyke, 73, the husband of Lois G. Tripp Van Dyke, died at his home in Athens, Alabama, on Saturday, December 15.
Earl Van Dyke was the President of Alabama Concrete Company for 42 years, and a member of West Huntsville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel N. Van Dyke and Ruby Lewis Van Dyke; a sister, Sharon Van Dyke Oliver, and a son, Harry William Van Dyke.
He is survived by his wife: Lois G. Tripp Van Dyke of Athens, Alabama; a son, Earl "Benny" Van Dyke, Jr., of New Market, Alabama; two daughters, Suzanne Van Dyke Shelton of Huntsville, Alabama, and Amy Van Dyke Moore of Nashville, Tennessee; seven (7) grandchildren: Keith Van Dyke and wife, Stephanie of Lindale, Texas, Melissa Van Dyke of Woodville, Texas, Branden Van Dyke of Lindale, Texas, Caleb and Lucas Shelton of Huntsville, Alabama, Bennett Moore and wife, Mandie of Tomball, Texas, and Jacob Moore and wife, Elizabeth of Toney, Alabama; and one great-grandchild; one brother, Bob Van Dyke of Sun City, Arizona, and one sister, Ann Van Dyke Marshall of Jackson, Tennessee.
Pallbearers: Keith Van Dyke, James Bennett Moore, Jacob Moore, Branden Van Dyke, Caleb Shelton, Lucas Shelton, Hoss Clinard, and Michael Clinard.
Honorary Pallbearers: John Oliver, Johnny Harbin, Stacey Faulkner, Bude Van Dyke, Joes Marshall, Bill Burroughs, Spencer Weitman, Lamar Clayton, Bill Pritchard, Mark Hunter, Kip Gaines, Jeff Howle, Kyle Wilkerson, Bob Reese, Tommy Toone, Mark Tyson, Bruce Ables, Carl Nodine, Tom Bradgett, Billy Hall, Robert Phelan, Tom Badgett, Bruce McDonald, Wes Alfred, and Terry Sanderson.
The funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the West Huntsville Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. The body will lie in state from 12 noon to 1 p. m.
Visitation: Monday, December 17, 2007, 3-9 p. m. at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Telephone: 256-232-1051
Burial: Sardis Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the Van Dyke Charitable Foundation25280 Van Dyke Road, Athens, AL 35613 (contributions are tax deductible) and mailed to .
[Editor's Note: Many of you who are members of the IPHC will remember Lois Tripp. She was married to Terry Tripp until his death. Terry was the Executive Director of Lifelinners. Lois was the Executive Director, Women's Ministries, IPHC, for four years, and served as a member of the General Board of Administration, and resigned when she married Earl Van Dyke. She was one of the best executive directors of Women's Ministries that I have known, and I have known all of them. And I can say they have all been outstanding.
I called Lois last evening after my good friend, Bishop Ronald Q. Moore, Superintendent of the Upper South Carolina Conference, informed me of Earl's death which occurred on Saturday morning, December 15. Earl was 73.
Earl and Lois had just returned from a trip to New England. While on the trip he got sick. When they got home he went to his doctor. They discovered cancer that had spread throughout his body and they diagnosed it as Stage IV Cancer. He lived only 6 weeks after he learned of this cancer in his body.
Lois told me that Earl was one of the most dedicated men to the Lord Jesus she had ever known. He was a soul winner, and a generous giver. He was a student of the Word of God, the Bible, and a man after God's own heart. He had a servant's heart and he loved to help other people. He was unassuming, and would always take the blame if his men messed up on pouring concrete. He would have them tear it out and re-pour it at his own expense. He was highly respected by the business community. He was a mentor to younger men who are now in the concrete business, one of whom is Coach Bear Bryant's grandson. God blessed Earl financially and he set up the Van Dyke Charitable Foundation to help people in need.
I asked Lois if I could share her telephone number and mailing address. As always, she gave me permission to do so.
Lois Van Dyke's phone number is: (256) 232-0995
Her mailing address is: 25480 Van Dyke Road, Athens, Al 35613.
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