William Frederick Kyle Jr.


On July 7, 2020, at 8:30 p.m., a light went out, and the world is now a little darker. William Frederick Kyle Jr., 56, passed away on July 7 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, after battling cancer since March, 2020.

Billy “Smiley” Kyle was born April 28, 1964, in Elkins, beloved son of William F. Kyle Sr., and Nancy C. Tenney-Kyle.

He was never married.

Also surviving are aunts and uncles which include Sheila M. Scott, Mill Creek, Jerry and Phyllis Currence, Huttonsville, Cash and Vickie McCall, Jane Lew, Semeon and Debra Tenney, Valley Bend, Patricia Tenney, Niles, Ohio, Harold Wade Cunningham, Elkins, and several cousins. Close friends included Steven “Bubba” Fodor, Carterville, Missouri, and Pat Sutton of Kentucky.

Billy was preceded in death by grandparents Roy Kyle and Clarissa Snyder-Kyle and Simeon O. Tenney and Evelyn Butler-Tenney; aunts and uncles Robert A. Tenney, Melvin V. Scott, Betty Jo Kyle-Cunningham and Roy C. “Jim” Kyle.

He was a graduate of Elkins High School class of 1983.

Billy served in the U.S. Army for eight years, first in Germany for three years, and then at Fort Hood, Texas during which time he served in Desert Storm in Kuwait, Iraq, and Saudia Arabia.

After his military service, Billy worked as a truck driver across the United States and later settled in Carthage, Missouri, where he was employed by Tri-State Roadmaster Group for 28 years.

He was an avid gamer and enjoyed building computers. He had many friends worldwide.

Due to current social distancing requirements, a gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. His remains will be inurned at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Hemlock Cemetery in the future.