Kyler Austyn Williams, March 20, 1999~September 24, 2016

williams-kyler-copyKyler Austyn Williams, 17, of Springdale passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Kyler was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 20, 1999 to Tysha and Rodney Williams.  He is survived by his parents, Tysha Williams and Rodney and Kimmy Williams; sisters, Makenzy Williams, Kayden Williams and Lily Dixon; brothers, Bralen Williams, Hudsyn Logue and Parker Dixon; grandparents, Oleta and Billy Carr, Ricky and Vanessa Watts, Rita Williams, Roger Jordan, Diane Hicks and Rick and Pam Grondin; great-grandmother, Edna Watts; godparents, Tony and Jennifer Johnson; aunts and uncles, Tyra Williams, Andy and Paige Watts, Jeff and Kristy Calvert, Cody and Lyndsey Bird; and numerous cousins and many friends.

Kyler was an avid sportsman who enjoyed doing anything in the outdoors. Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, basketball and of course football. He was also an excellent student athlete on the field and in the classroom.

He was a member of Christian Life Cathedral in Fayetteville, AR, and always enjoyed going to summer camp at Camp War Eagle.

Kyler always had such an incredible impact on everyone that he came in contact with, especially children to whom he knew looked up to him. He will be greatly missed by not only his family and teammates, but the community as well.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Christian Life Cathedral Church in Fayetteville.  Interment will follow in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springdale High School Athletic Department.


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    Thressa and Chris Stehr » 26. Sep, 2016

    We are truly sorry for your Loss. I know there are no words to replace your precious Kyler. We will be praying for peace and comfort in this time. Your in our Thoughts and Prayers.
    Love you,
    (Krystal Tyler’s cousin)

    Ernest Berry Jr » 27. Sep, 2016

    I pray God’s peace, confort, favor and blessings over the Williams family as they mourn the death yet celebrate the life of an awesome son, brother, athlete & friend! Take comfort in knowing Kyler is in heaven, he received his reward & heard those 7 words we all long to hear: Well Done My Good And Faithful Servant

    BLAIRE HARP » 26. Sep, 2016

    Rodney & family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for comfort, peace and strength.

    Tiffany Major » 26. Sep, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your families.

    Chad Burkett » 26. Sep, 2016

    I had Kyler first period and we talked hunting and fishing every morning. Kyler was always talking about hunting at his Grandpas in Kingston, and since I have family in Kingston we shared deer, bear, and fishing stories about the area. Kyler had just shared bear pictures and some of his Grandfather’s deer jerky with me. I had plans on teaching Kyler how to European mount the first deer he killed this year. We talked, laughed, watched hunting videos together, and always discussed football. Kyler was one of the finest, most caring, and loving young men I have ever met. Kyler made a difference in my life, and serves as an inspiration as I continue teaching and building relationships with students at SHS.

    I love Kyler. I pray for your family. I pray that God provides comfort and understanding. I pray for healing for family, friends, and the students of Springdale.
    Many blessing,
    Chad Burkett

    Lisa grogan duncan » 26. Sep, 2016

    Thoughts and prayers so so sorry

    Tom & Carol Petet » 26. Sep, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss. In the bible we find hope and comfort. Is. 25:8 “God will swallow up death forever and will wipe tears from all faces.”

    Name » 26. Sep, 2016

    I only saw him play once but was so impressed. My heart breaks for your family. My sincere condolences.

    Rhonda Leslie » 26. Sep, 2016

    Your family in my thoughts and prayers

    Sherri Martin Smith » 26. Sep, 2016

    Rodney & family,
    My heart breaks for you and your family at this time of tragedy. Please know we are praying for you all today and in the days to come.
    Love & prayers,
    Sherri Martin Smith & family

    Bob Sikes » 26. Sep, 2016

    Praying for you Rodney and all your family. Praying that God wraps his arms around you and gives you strength and courage for now and for the days and weeks to follow,

    Name » 26. Sep, 2016

    RIP young man!!! Dear Heavenly Father please wrap your arms around his family,teammates and friends!!! #3

    Name » 26. Sep, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. God gained another beautiful angel. Your family and friends are in my prayers.

    Crista Shaw Brown » 26. Sep, 2016

    My condolences to this precious family. May God give you peace

    JoAnne Kelly » 26. Sep, 2016

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My daughter was a friend of his. Your family will be in my thoughts. Sending many prayers!

    Teresa » 26. Sep, 2016

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I didn’t know Kyler personally but I’ve followed him with sports and now reading all the lives he impacted. May God bless you and your family with the strength you need! It’s obvious that you should be SOOOOOOOOOO PROUD of the young man you have raised!

    Raylene Young » 26. Sep, 2016

    So very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

    Coach and Debbie Rook » 26. Sep, 2016

    Rodney and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Wish there were better words to help with this pain. Just know that we are lifting you up in prayers. Sending our love and prayers.
    With all our love,
    Coach and Debbie Rook

    Chauna Ellis » 26. Sep, 2016

    Our family is so sorry for the loss of this amazing young man. My son remembers Kyler as the first person to speak to him when no one else would. This loss cuts deep to the community and breaks our heart for your families loss. Our prayers are with you.

    Brenda Adams » 26. Sep, 2016

    So very sorry for your loss.

    Name » 26. Sep, 2016

    Tysha & Kristy,
    Our hearts have been heavy since we heard the news yesterday.
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both as well as the rest of the family.
    Tony & Jamie Attwood

    Kim Krueger » 26. Sep, 2016

    My heart breaks for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mrs. Krueger

    Katie and Dennis Smiley » 26. Sep, 2016

    We are so sorry for your lost. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful young man Kyler was. He has left behind an amazing legacy. He will be remembered. May God’s peace surround you and your family.
    Katie and Dennis Smiley

    James Selvey » 26. Sep, 2016

    Kyler was a joy to watch on the field, and a great young man of character as well. Please accept my condolences.

    Michelle Wicks » 26. Sep, 2016

    My God lay a blanket of comfort and grace around this family and community. My heart goes out to you all.

    Tina Tackett » 26. Sep, 2016

    Rodney, so sorry for your loss. There are no words my friend. Love you. You and your family are in my prayers! Tina

    Cindy Bibber » 26. Sep, 2016

    Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

    Glenda Bordelon » 26. Sep, 2016

    Prayers for your entire family!

    Cheryl mccracken » 26. Sep, 2016

    Rodney I am so sorry for your lose, i cant even begin to imagine what you are going through. You and all of your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry

    Ty & Kerri Hoffine » 26. Sep, 2016

    Please know you and your family are in our prayers

    Hesten ogden » 26. Sep, 2016

    God Bless your family. I never met Kyler but you should be so proud that he was able to impact so many lives in such a short time on this planet. I can not heal your pain but I do hope you see the good even in such tragic times like this. Your son had such a great impact on the entire NWA community that he managed to unit us and bring all of us together like family without even being here. If he can do that from the spirit I can only imagine how great he was as a being. I graduated from SHS in 2008 and we have had our share of tragidies since and during that time but I have never seen such unity and togetherness like your son was able to bring. You must be great parents and so very proud of Kyler. I am proud of him and I didn’t even know him, I sure wish I would have though. May God be with you and your family and I look forward to one day meeting Kyler and your entire family when we get to heaven. God doesn’t make mistakes but I bet he is worried about his job with your son being right beside him :) I wish you all the best in this world and hope you can pull through the best that someone can given the circumstances.. — Sincerely, Hesten Ogden

    Kristi Jones » 26. Sep, 2016

    Praying for your family during this time of loss.

    Carol Lipsmeyer » 26. Sep, 2016

    Tysha and family, my heart breaks for your loss! Kyler was an outstanding young man and will be greatly missed! But he will not be forgotten as he has obviously touched so many lives! Sending prayers and love your way! May the Peace of God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you in this difficult season of your life. Love you Williams family!

    Nicole » 27. Sep, 2016

    Hi there, I don’t know you guys, but I saw your post on Facebook, and I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for your family, and my heart goes out to you. May God’s comfort surround you and your family. May his arms wrap you up with peace.
    - Nicole

    Allison Janes Dixon » 27. Sep, 2016

    Rodney, I am so sorry for your loss. We will definitely be keeping you in our prayers!

    Chris » 27. Sep, 2016

    I am so sorry about Kyler’s passing. He’s gone much too soon. May God comfort the family. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

    Jean Vaught Galli » 27. Sep, 2016

    My prayers go out to the family, team, and friends! My grandson Garrett Vaught will miss him dearly! Garrett thought very highly of him. Kyler sounds like a wonderful young man and I know he will be missed by so many. I know there are no right words at a time like this, so I am sending my prayers and love!

    Name » 27. Sep, 2016

    We are so very sorry for your loss!
    Larry & Jean Everage (Indiana family)

    Justin and Mistie Pattyson » 27. Sep, 2016

    We so sorry for your loss. Sending much love and prayers to you and your family!

    Name » 27. Sep, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family, and give you strength to get through this.

    Amy Miller » 27. Sep, 2016

    Rodney, so sorry to hear about this. The Miller family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Patricia & Roger Walker » 27. Sep, 2016

    Tysha & Rodney…our deepest sympathy for you during this time. I pray for peace and strength for your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you both.

    Patricia & Roger Walker

    Mamie Johnson » 27. Sep, 2016

    Praying for you and your family during this difficult time in your lives. May God’s grace, mercy, and peace be multiplied unto you and your entire family.

    Angela White » 27. Sep, 2016

    Rodney & Family,
    I never had the pleasure of knowing Kyler, but judging from comments, articles, and pictures I’ve seen these last few days, you raised an amazing young man. My heart is heavy at the thought of what you are going through. I will continue to pray for all of you and hope that you find some peace in knowing he made such a positive impact on so many people. God bless you.

    ronda » 27. Sep, 2016

    im so sorry for youe loss i will keep yakk in my prayers

    Medina Family » 27. Sep, 2016

    Soo truly sorry for ur loss. Your son’s death has touched my heart and family. Praying for your family in this sad moment of time. He will be missed…

    Shawn and Sarah Stephens » 27. Sep, 2016

    Tysha and family,
    We are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Kyler had such a positive impact on our community, what an amazing kid. We will continue to pray for peace and comfort for your family and friends.
    Love and blessings,
    Shawn, Sarah, Blake, Ashley, and Emerie

    Ali and Laleh Sadehi » 27. Sep, 2016

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Having two kids of about the same age as Kyle It pains me greatly to imagine what you and your family are going through. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

    Joyce Person » 27. Sep, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. I certainly did enjoy having Kyler in Algebra 2 class during his 10th grade year.

    Jessica Hight Ball » 27. Sep, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers for comfort and peace to you all! We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Andrew and Jessica Ball

    Name » 27. Sep, 2016

    With deepest sympathy. May God bless you all with peace during this time of grief.
    Jimmie & RaJohnia Tollett
    DeQueen, Arkansas

    Craig, Shannon, Maddie & Will Mueller » 27. Sep, 2016

    Our deepest condolences are with your family. Kyler was a true inspiration to all who knew him. We are praying for peace and comfort for your family.

    Tom & Lynn Reed » 27. Sep, 2016

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Holly Shilling » 27. Sep, 2016

    Rodney and Family, I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful boy. I hope that the overwhelming support of the community gives you at least a small bit of comfort. I had a friend in Springdale reach out to me because she knew we were friends, her exact words were “The whole town of Springdale is in shock and in mourning.” That speaks volumes about the boy you raised up and how loved he was by everyone. I know you take comfort in knowing he loved the Lord and he is flying with the angels now until you all see him again. Praying for you all. Love you.

    Niki Baker » 27. Sep, 2016

    Rodney & family, I truly am so very sorry for your loss. I too know what you are going through. I will pray for your healing and comfort in the days and years to come. Love and prayers, Niki and Richard Baker

    Ron & RJ & Jessica Johnson » 27. Sep, 2016

    Tysha and Rodney,
    Our hearts have been heavy since we heard about Kyler. We are truly sorry for your loss.
    I remember when i meet the family back when our boys was little. Kyler has always been a great young man, watching him grow up from a little boy to a young man. He was always smiling! Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and your beautiful family in this difficult .
    Ron, RJ & Jessica Johnson

    Curtis & Pat Watkins » 27. Sep, 2016

    We are so sorry to hear the heart breaking news about Kyler. We met him through his Grandpa, Billy, while hunting in Kingston. Kyler was a very respectful and polite young man. I wish we could have gotten to know him better. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God Bless you all.
    Curtis and Pat Watkins

    Jonathan Lopez (JLO) #21 » 27. Sep, 2016

    Mrs and Mrs Williams , I jus want to say Kyler was a great person who loved football as he loved playing the sport with his brothers. I’ve been watching him perform on the field since he was playing George Jr High . He was a beast on the field and on the court. Last Friday, the game which turned out to be his best. I had the opportunity to play aside as I ran the ball 74 yards down the field. Without kyler it only would’ve been a short run but your son made the corner tired which helped me out a lot then as I got tackled in the end zone your son told me something that would last a lifetime in my heart, he said ” Good job boy, keep doing that and you’re going to something ” well now that he’s gone I’m going to make sure I’m going to keep doing that. I loved kyler and miss him like if he was my brother .
    Sincerely, JLo#21

    Lori Boyd » 27. Sep, 2016

    Tysha and family,
    I am so very sorry and saddened by the great loss of this special young man. I am praying for you, your family and community.
    My son is a senior on the Pea Ridge High School football team and they all will be wearing special jerseys this Friday as well as a participating in a moment of silence to honor your great son.

    Sincere sympathy,
    Lori Boyd
    2009 NWACC Nursing Class

    marion and ada hicks » 27. Sep, 2016

    our prayers are with you always, So sorry for your loss of kyler he will never be forgotten. with love granddad and ada hicks

    Powell Family » 27. Sep, 2016

    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Kyler touched the lives of so many. Taylor will miss him very much! What an amazing and talented young man. God’s peace and love be with each of you.
    Mark, Elizabeth, Taylor and Kailey Powell

    Lyndy » 27. Sep, 2016

    I had the privilege to Coach Kyler in his first year of football as a 2nd grader. It was a 2nd and 3rd grade team, I was coaching because my son Jack was playing. Kyler played Receiver and Corner. He was so full of energy and a total pleasure to Coach and that smile could light up a room. Since it was his first year to play football he was learning the game. I remember him blocking and tackling the receiver when he played Corner, he loved contact and he understood Football was s game of Contact with another player. We had to remind Kyler when u play corner you got to get away from the receiver and go tackle the ball Carrier and he started understanding the game better and better with each practice. Also Zak Clark helped me coach the team and that was Zaks first year to coach as well. It’s funny how Zak and Kyler started together, Kyler as a player and Zak as a coach. Several years passed and I hadn’t seen Kyler in a while. I think he played the Springdale league, but when he was in the 7th grade he was back playing in the Boys and Girls club league. I remember being at the draft and none of the other Coaches knew Kyler. I knew him and knew he was a good athlete. I picked Kyler with one of my late pics. He played great that year. Infact we had a great team that was undefeated and we were playing another team that was undefeated in the championship game. The team we played was Taylor Powells team and everyone knows how good Taylor is. There team had great coaches and we knew the game was going to be a war. Our coaches got together, because we knew it was going to be a huge challenge to stop their passing game. Our game plan was this. Put Kyler on the weak side outside linebacker and go tackle Taylor Powell whether he had the ball or not just go tackle him. Kyler was quick, fast and had a nose for the ball. So when the game started Kyler was all over Taylor and he couldn’t get a pass off. He had 7 or 8 sacks and it was a performance to remember. We won the game that day and went undefeated and Kyler was the secret weapon that pulled that game off. Every kid dreams of a undeafeated season and Kyler got his. 4 years later my son Jack got to throw passes to Kyler with Zak Clark as their Head Coach and it was something to watch. They didn’t win every game but they developed a friendship and a connection on the football field and they took the Red Dogs to the playoffs and that hadn’t happened in 4 years. Kyler was a great Kid, person and he loved the Lord and in the end that’s the true undefeated season. Rodney and Family, I am so Sorry for your Loss Kyler was a great kid and I will never forget the impact he has had on me. God Bless Lyndy Lindsey

    April Minnich » 28. Sep, 2016

    We are truly sorry for your loss, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless you all,
    April Minnich & Jeremy Minnich

    Alice Mason » 28. Sep, 2016

    Praying for you all now and in the difficult days ahead. I am so very sorry for the grief and loss of your dear son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. We won’t know why this side of heaven, but you will be reunited one wonderful day. Blessings.

    Steve Brown » 28. Sep, 2016

    Praying for family and friends today. Wish I could be there but will be watching. Heaven has an awesome kid. Much Love, Brownie

    Brittney Gulley » 28. Sep, 2016

    What a handsome young man and a tragic loss. I have been so emotional all week reading posts and stories of those that remember him. As a mother, my heart is broken for Tysha and I can’t possibly imagine how hard this is for her. I’m sorry I don’t know her well enough to reach out and offer condolences, so I opted to post here. Rodney it’s been years since we have really talked or hung out, but all my love towards healing and peace for you. I’m so sorry your family has to experience this, but I hope you rest in the fact that you know where he is and you will see him again. Prayers to all the family, students, coaches and faculty that are mourning today.

    Joann » 28. Sep, 2016

    I am a former Bulldog and I feel like I have lost one of my own once a Bulldog always a Bulldog. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. Joann Anderson

    Julia Crittenden » 28. Sep, 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss . Praying for peace that passes understanding . Blessing soon your family

    Name » 28. Sep, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. God bless you and strengthen you during this difficult time.

    mary strode » 29. Sep, 2016

    I watched your son one game 2 years ago. He was amazing to watch. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my thoughts.

    Name » 29. Sep, 2016

    I never had the privilege of meeting Kyler but I know many of the students @ SHS that knew him.
    I did have the privilege of watching him play football and basketball a few times. what an athlete!! He seemed like a very special young man that was taken home way to soon.

    You have my deepest heartfelt sympathy.

    Please give all of your children a big hug from us!

    Chris Ellis » 30. Sep, 2016

    Rodney, I want to express my sincerest sympathy for the loss of your son. The smile in his photo brings back many fond memories of you. All of us in the Beebe Athletic program are praying for you and all of the family and friends. Personally, My thoughts and prayers are with you, Tysha, Andy and all of those that I have had the pleasure know these many years. Love you man!

    Lona » 06. Oct, 2016

    I read of the passing of your loved one and wanted to express my condolences to your family. Although we do not know each other, I remember when I lost my best friend some years ago. I received condolences from ones I didn’t know and this was very encouraging to me, so I decided to do the same in hopes that it might add to the love and support you are receiving from family and friends. May fine memories of the joy and laughter shared bring you peace.

    Also, God feels for you in your pain and offers comfort in times of distress. (1 Peter 5:7; 2 Corinthians 1:3,4) May these thoughts bring you great strength during this especially difficult time.

    With sympathy,

    Lona C.

    Shelley Thompson » 14. Oct, 2016

    I am so, so sorry for the loss of such an incredible young man. I am thinking of you. With Love, Shelley Thompson