William T. Byler III
William “Will” Troy Byler III, 23, of Huntsville died on Nov. 4, 2018, in Uvalde, shortly after his marriage to Bailee Raye Ackerman Byler.
He was born on April 21, 1995, in College Station to Kerri (Jones) and Bill Byler.
He grew up loving anything and everything outdoors; he rodeoed, hunted, and enjoyed tending to cattle, dogs and horses. His favorite place to be was the family ranch in Uvalde. He was always up to something mischievous. The family says, as his wife put it, they were always on some kind of “Will adventure.”
From an early age, he took every opportunity to fly in the helicopter and view life from the sky. He lived every day to the fullest potential and feared nothing. The family says Jesus was the Lord of his life; every moment that he walked this Earth, he was a living example of Christianity to everyone who knew him, and he brought joy to many hearts.
In high school he was an all-star athlete who loved football with a passion and shined on the field. He was the class clown and held a special place in people’s hearts.
He graduated from Faith Academy of Bellville in 2014 and attended Sam Houston State University while living in Huntsville. He was a member of the SHSU rodeo team and competed in steer wrestling. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2017. He was second in the Southern Region steer wrestling standings, and hoped to make another trip to Casper, Wyoming. After his graduation with a degree in agriculture engineering, set for May 2019, he planned to start a career at W.T. Byler Company.
Byler was very close with his family, particularly his mother, who the family says was responsible for his tender, compassionate and loving heart. He counted on his father for Godly advice and direction in his life. He loved his two older sisters, and confided in them about everything. He admired both of his brothers-in-law, and found joy in playing with his two nephews.
Byler wore his heart on his sleeve, never met a stranger and would help anyone. The family says his compassionate heart shined through huge dimples displayed by his sweet smile. He was the life of the party, and had many friends that were dear to his heart.
When he met his wife, he was forever changed; the family says she was his saving grace, and he knew she was his soulmate from the beginning. Being with her made his eyes brighter and his smile bigger. She was his world and he did anything he could to make her happy. His love for the Lord showed in how he loved her.
Byler is survived by his parents; two sisters, Brenna Smidt and husband, Caleb, all of Bellville, and Lynette Parrott and husband, Rowdy, of Louisiana; two nephews, Cru Smidt and Pacen Parrott; mother-and father-in-law, Sharon and Shane Ackerman of Orangefield; grandparents, JoAnn “Nannie” Fergeson of Bellville, and Merlene and Troy Byler of Bellville.
A visitation was held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. and a funeral service was held at 10 a.m. at Bellville United Methodist Church. A graveside service followed at 4:30 p.m. at the Byler Ranch in Uvalde.
Pallbearers were Rowdy Parrott, Caleb Smidt, Tye Holloway, Tyler Jones, Troy Lee Keaton, Drew Elliott, Rhett Sbrusch and Wyatt Sbrusch.
Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Ackerman, Blaze Byler, Zach Leger, Keaton Denio, Rhett Wilson, Kegan Inglish, Jessie Rosales, Caleb Cogbill, Thomas Reeves, Tyson Arledge, Gabe Leau, Parker Kempfer and Remey Parrott.
Hillcrest Memorial, www.hillcrestmemorialfuneralhome.com