Birkett Arch Wylie, age 82, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 at his home in Hope, Arkansas. He was born September 20, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio to Arch and Ruth Hershberger Wylie. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dale Wylie, and his wife, Ann Wylie, of Hope.
He is survived by his wife of just a few days shy of 59 years Barbara Ann (Adams) Wylie. They were married May 27, 1961 just prior to his departure for service in the Army. Barbara joined him in Massachusetts as soon as she could and they subsequently moved to Germany to live during his military career. He is also survived by two sons Steve Wylie (wife Sherry) & Stacy Wylie (wife Jerita) all of Hope. Three grandsons Adam Wylie, Austin Wylie and Andrew Wylie all of Hope. Two step-grandsons Ben Rose (wife Brittney) of Abilene, TX and Corey Rose (wife Sydney) of Navarre, FL. One step-great grandson Maverick Rose of Navarre, FL and one step-great granddaughter Olivia Rose of Abilene, TX. One sister Ruth Ann Hairston (husband James) of Hope and many more beloved family members and friends.
Birkett was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hope and a veteran of the US Army. He owned and operated Wylie Glass and Salvage, Inc. for many years. He was also a member of the Good Sam’s RV Club. Birkett enjoyed duck hunting with Barbara especially when their sons were growing up. He enjoyed spending time with his family and extended family at the lake camping and fishing in the early years to houseboating in the latter years. Many RV trips were enjoyed with his family, grandsons and friends through the years. Most recently, Birkett and Barbara could be found frequenting their favorite restaurants in Hope nightly enjoying the company of the restaurant owners as well as the many friends that passed through. He was a beloved husband, father and Grampy that will be missed.
Family will receive friends at 2:00pm on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at BRAZZEL/Oakcrest. Service will be at 3:00pm on Sunday May 24, 2020 in the BRAZZEL/Oakcrest Chapel.
Arrangements are by BRAZZEL/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie BRAZZEL, Director. Online registry can be found: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com