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A tribute to Ted Dyer

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension "family" said goodbye to Ted Dyer, 52, a University of Georgia alumnus and UGA Extension animal scientist, on Sept. 25.

Ted first came to UGA as a college student when he transferred from Young Harris College to the UGA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from UGA in 1982. He left Georgia just long enough to earn a master's degree in reproductive physiology that he received from Western Kentucky University in 1985.

Ted worked for two decades as the Extension agent and coordinator in both Dade and Floyd counties. He set an example of leadership and touched many lives through the Georgia 4-H program. He helped many young people through county, district, state and national projects.

Most recently Ted worked as the Extension animal scientist at the University Bull Evaluation Center in Calhoun.

He set an example of leadership and touched many lives through the Georgia 4-H program. He developed many young people through county, district, state and national levels. He received numerous awards and recognitions during his extension career.

In 2006, he was named Dade County Citizen of the Year.

Ted is survived by his wife, Carla Dyer, two sons, Jeremy and Brett Dyer, all of Rising Fawn; parents, Jack and Jane Dyer of Calhoun; and brother, Jeff Dyer, also of Calhoun.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Ted G. Dyer Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Bank and Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 249, Trenton, Ga. 30752.

Collective memories of Ted Dyer...

Below are a collection of memories of Ted Dyer written by his friends and colleagues. If you would like to include your thoughts, please do so by sending an email to Sharon Dowdy at  The collection will be shared with Ted's family.

(Email to Georgia Agrileader Program graduates from Jimmy Hill, former president and CEO of the program.)
Gail and I went to Trenton last Friday evening to attend the visitation for Ted Dyer. It was an awesome experience. We had a chance to visit with Ted's wife Carla and his sons. Carla told us that Ted had a great learning experience in Agri-Leaders. She told us that he wore his Agri-Leaders watch every day. In fact, she told us that he has it on now.

Ted was buried in a casket made of barn boards constructed by the Amish. It was very tastefully done and it was beautiful. The spray on top of the casket was of a farm with miniature cattle on it. A sketch of a farm with a farmhouse was embroidered inside the casket lid. Again, it was very tastefully done. Ted was the embodiment of agriculture.

But the most important observation for us was the people who attended the visitation. It was obvious that Ted has positively impacted thousands of children and adults during his short life. Friday's visitation was from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday's was from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. I wondered why the visitation was scheduled over two days. Now, I know the answer. In talking with Carla, she told us that the lines started at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and were still long at 7:00 p.m. when Gail and I left.

Ted led a life of service. He was a leader who gave long hours in service to help others achieve their dreams and aspirations. Ted's father, Jack, was a county agent like Ted and I know that he inspired Ted. Ted's sons have a great example of leadership in their father and grandfather.

Ted was a great supporter of Georgia Agri-Leaders. After graduation, Ted arranged for a sizable contribution from one of his agriculture organizations to be given in support of the Forum. This continued until the Forum ended.

Georgia agriculture, Ted's many friends and all those for whom he served will miss him greatly. I know that I will. I am in awe and inspired by people like Ted who make it their life's work to serve others. May you rest in peace Ted Dyer – thank you for your life and commitment to serve others!

Jimmy Hill

(Comments received by Jimmy Hill following the e-mail that was sent on Oct. 1, 2012.)


Well said, well said. Ted was a great help and dear friend to me as a mentor when I moved from S. Georgia to N. Georgia. He extended his hand in friendship and knowledge to me when it came to animal agriculture.

He will be missed by many. The HERD Program where many us of worked side by side will never be the same to those of us who worked with Ted.

Keith (Mickler)
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Floyd County


Wow, you hit the nail on the head - well-written and right on target. I worked along with Ted on many different programs and activities in Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents. He was a professional that was dependable and I think very successful at helping others accomplish their goals. I was able to attend visitation and his funeral on Saturday. The funeral home was overflowing with people there to pay their respects and help celebrate Ted's life and accomplishments.

Keith G Lassiter
Retired County Agent

Thanks, Mr. Jimmy. I appreciate the summary below since we could not attend the funeral. We will miss Ted this weekend at the Georgia National Fair's Cattle Show. It just won't be the same without him. It saddens me so much that he is gone, but I can tell you, I am a better person because I knew Ted Dyer.

Jody Redding


Very well said. Ted was very quiet, as you know, and was in a different Extension District than me so I didn't get to know him that well. But I knew him well enough (and had heard enough) to know what a super person he was. I was saddened when I found out he passed. I had not heard he was ill until the week before. My office mailed him a get well card the day before he died.

Hope you are doing well.
Sid Mullis

If you would like to honor Ted through your memories, please send an email to Sharon Dowdy at and your thoughts and words will be added here.


Released October 2012.