Frank Thomas Hyles Jr., 76, of Marianna, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Jackson Hospital.
Always aware of his calling, Frank began his ministry at a very young age, being licensed to preach in 1952 with his first appointment in the Alabama-West Florida Conference at age 18. Graduating from Huntingdon College in 1957 and Candler School of Theology in 1960, he earned his Doctor of Ministry from Emory University in 1981. Frank served nine appointments to churches, plus three years as Conference Missionary Secretary and eight years as District Superintendent of the Andalusia District. Frank was known for his love of books, music, fine arts, crossword puzzles, sports and good food. A man faithful to his Lord, his commitments and his family, Frank spent his life giving to others - loving, praying, encouraging and seeking to help wherever he saw a need.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Thomas Sr. and Willie Frances Hyles and half brother, Morris Hyles. He is survived by his wife, Martha Hyles; one son, Marcus Hyles and wife, Anna, of Montgomery AL.; three daughters, Karen Culverhouse and husband, Jessie, of Wedowee, AL., Kathreen Ashline of Haymarket VA., Jennifer Salter and husband, French, of Madison, AL.; nine grandchildren, Christopher Culverhouse, Lex McLelland Jr. and wife, Rebecca, Chelsea McLelland, Joshua Hyles, Bayleigh Fraser and husband, Andrew, Caleb Hyles, Kaitlin McLelland, Summer Culverhouse, and Trent Salter and one great-grandson, Justin.
Memorial service will be at 11 on Friday, January 18, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Marianna, with James and Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. Family will receive friends one hour prior to memorial service at the First United Methodist Church of Marianna.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, United Methodist Children's Home at, 3140 Zelda Court, Montgomery, AL. 36177-9257