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James Travis Kyker

July 27, 1941 - April 3, 2020
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Thomas McAfee - Downtown Chapel
639 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-6733 | Map
Monday 7/27, 3:00 pm
Thomas McAfee - Downtown Chapel
639 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-6733 | Map
Monday 7/27, 11:00 am

James Travis Kyker, 78, husband of Martha Anne Kyker, died Friday, April 3, 2020. Jim was born in Joliet, Illinois to his mother, Jane Patterson. He grew up with his step-father, James Vollmer Patterson, and three younger siblings Mike, Gayle and Tom. He is preceded in death by his mother, his step-father, and his littleContinue Reading

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Hillary Kyker left a message on July 28, 2020:
All of my earliest memories include Grandpa and Granny. He was one of my favorite people in the entire world. My ally. Always trying to keep me out of trouble with my parents. I could always count on him to take me on all his outings, and we had a lot of similar interests. I actually think I can attribute both my love of shopping AND my affinity for ice cream to him.

I remember being on the boat on the reservoir countless times, fishing frogs out of the pool and hosing down the dog kennels behind the Lebourgias house. Trips to bass pro shop, and running “errands.”  

All of my favorite desserts will never be the same. He introduced me to bread pudding, bananas foster, and sopapillas. No one will ever top his dessert making. When he would tell me what he was making, I would always ask him what it tasted like. His favorite answer, was “tastes like more!”

But I think the thing I miss most, is his laugh. His boisterous laugh always put a smile on my face, and his face would light up.

 I am so thankful that I was able to have him in my life. I have 30 years of memories, but I’d be lying if I said it was enough. It’s hard not to think of the years stolen by this disease, but it made us appreciate and take advantage of the time we had left, and for that I am thankful. 

My heart is broken, and I am devastated that I cannot be with everyone in person today, but I love you all and I am celebrating today the life and birthday of my grandpa.
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