Robert Calvin Dye, 69, of Saltillo, formerly of Cleveland, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
He was born May 20, 1948, to Robert Green Dye and Martha Elizabeth Clark Dye. He graduated from Vardaman High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Delta State University and graduated from the Mississippi School of Banking.
On December 16, 1979, he married Charlotte Armstrong in Vardaman. From 1996 until his retirement in 2014, Dye was the President and CEO of the Cleveland State Bank and continued after his retirement to serve as a board member. Before joining Cleveland State Bank, he was associated with the Federal Land Bank in Greenwood, Greenville, Charleston and Cleveland. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi Bankers Association from 2008 to 2016.
He was a long time member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Cleveland and a current member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo. He served on the Stewardship Committee and Counting Team of First Baptist Church in Tupelo. He was a former Mason, member of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce and member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. He also served as the treasurer of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland and served in the United States Army.
Dye was an avid hunter, fisherman and motorcycle enthusiast and rider. Above all else he loved his church, his family and grandchildren. He was a kind and gentle man along with being a wonderful friend to many.
Survivors include his wife Charlotte Dye of Saltillo; daughters Emily Dye Elliott and husband John Mark of Tupelo, Claire Dye of Cleveland and Dr. Valerie Norton and husband Allen of Corinth; five grandchildren, John Coley Elliott, Scottie Elliott, Avery Boyles, Selah Boyles and Jane Norton; and sister-in-law Rita Carter and her husband Phil of Raymond.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Tupelo.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Tupelo with Rev. Matt Powell and Rev. Brad Beckwith officiating. Burial will follow at Vardaman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Douglas, Gene Bishop, Eddie Daves, Don Lindsey, Don Knight, Christy Finke, Mark Box, Tyrone Newsome and Jeffrey Newsome. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Lott, Randy Howarth, Bill Griffith, Brian Bishop, Danny Whalen, George Steen, Homer Sledge Jr., Norman Clark, Robert Lee Clark, Danny Clark and Bob Dye and Buddy Ware.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.