Dec. 22, 1976 – Aug. 27, 2015 John Gary Wyatt, age 38, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama died August 27, 2015. John was born on December 22, 1976 to Gary and Mary Wyatt of Hoover, Alabama. He was the beloved brother of Jennifer (Phillip) Wyatt Carter. John was married to the girl he considered God’s greatest gift to him, his beautiful wife Mary Burrett Wyatt. Everyone that knew them said their marriage was one made in heaven. John had two beautiful little daughters, Mary Evelyn Epperson Wyatt and Viola Rose Catherine Wyatt who were the sunshine and joy of his life. His devotion and dedication to them was unquestionable.
Other survivors are mother and father-in-law Laura and William Burrett of Highland Lake, Alabama; sister-in-law Lucy Burrett and brother-in-law John (Maggie) Burrett of Birmingham, Alabama. He had a devoted niece and nephews, Etta Cate Carter and Wyatt Carter of Hoover, Alabama and Jonah and Woodrow Burrett of Birmingham, Alabama, and a loving and adoring grand-mother-in- law Evelyn Allen Burch of Mountain Brook, Alabama. Other survivors include an Uncle Joel (Barbara) Epperson of Birmingham, Alabama; and an Aunt Susie (Rex) Dubose of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Cousins Christy (Bobby) DeHaye and their children Maryanne and Tripp of Huntsville, Alabama, Joel (Melanie) Epperson and sons Devin and Matthew of Helena, Alabama, Suzanne (Ben) Allmon and children Jacob and Ellie of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Joy Dubose of Jackson, Mississippi, a very special cousin who John considered his brother all of his life, Justin Wesley (Jennifer) Epperson and children Madison, Christian and Gavin. Waiting to greet him in Heaven are his late grandparents Joel and Etta Epperson of Mobile, Alabama. He enjoyed so many wonderful times and memories with them at their home in Mobile, Alabama. John is also preceded in death by his other grandparents, Millard and Dorothy Wyatt of Fairhope, Alabama.
John attended public schools and was in the first graduating class of Hoover High School in 1995. Activities he enjoyed at school were wrestling team, Student Council, Hoover High School Jazz Band and many other organizations. He especially enjoyed the fun and friendships of performing and traveling with the Hoover High School Marching Band where he was Captain of the Percussion section. John was also talented in piano, drums and violin. John was involved in many leadership opportunities and was selected from Alabama as a student ambassador for People to People International to Russia, Northern Europe and Europe. He was selected as one of 24 student representatives from America for Leadership Partnership for People to People International where he studied at United States and European military and governmental institutions.
John graduated in 1999 from Samford University Brock School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business and a minor in Spanish. His college activities included serving as head cheerleader for three years, being a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity, serving as a student teacher in the Spanish Lab and being an officer and member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity. John was fluent in Spanish. He was presently pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Birmingham Theological Seminary.
John and his family had the privilege and joy of traveling extensively to many places in the world and shared treasured memories of the times and places they visited. John also studied economics in Prague, Czech Republic, lived and studied in both Spain and Costa Rica while working on his college business degree. From a young age John was identified as gifted and was a member of Mensa, a high IQ Society organization. His interests were as varied and interesting as he was. They included his love for the outdoors through fishing, hunting, water sports and bowhunting. As a certified scuba diver he enjoyed exploring the waters of many places he and his family traveled. His passion, and the activity he enjoyed most, was flying as a certified instrument rated pilot since age nineteen. His personal aircraft was a Cirrus SR 22. John was a health and fitness enthusiast and participated in marathons and other events related to that interest.
John was president of Wyatt General Contractors, LLC. He was a member of Associated Builders and Contractors. He served as a trustee of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Also, John was recently selected for Leadership Vestavia Hills, AL. He and his family enjoyed being members of The Club and the activities they participated in there.
John served as a deacon at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. He and his wife were active Sunday school members. Each year John looked forward to serving as a King in the church’s living Christmas Nativity. He started in November growing his beard so he could look authentic in his role. He and Mary and their girls are active in all events in the church. John and Mary are also Certified Foster Parents for the Alabama Baptist Association. John’s life’s calling was serving and walking daily as an unashamed follower of the teachings of Christ. Baptized at an early age, John studied and reflected on God’s word daily until the day he died. John’s family and friends knew him as a man who had a close walk with his Savior and truly lived a Christ-centered life. John was not a man of many words but others saw his love of God through the way he lived and the things he did. John was a prolific reader, not only of the Bible but many varied books of many varying interests. John was an accomplished, and at moments an astounding writer, in his imaginative and beautiful written expressions. John had found the truth and understanding of God’s message to His followers and His promise to his believers that most people never have the joy and happiness of receiving. He had a zest for life and a joy for living that spread to everyone he met. He had an uncanny way of connecting with everyone he met regardless of their age or position in life. He had unlocked for himself the true and lasting things that bring happiness and joy to a person committed to God and he was patient in listening and waiting for God’s guidance.
He was a most remarkable young man who was loved and adored not only by his family but by people who he touched throughout his life. We praise God for his life and our privilege and opportunity to have been lucky enough to be allowed to share in his life. God is welcoming one of His disciples into His heavenly home.
John’s services will be at Briarwood Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Visitation with the family will be at the church beginning at 1:00 pm. Dr. Harry Reeder, senior pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, will officiate the service, with burial following at Southern Heritage Cemetery. – See more here.