Jesse Tommy Byars, Sr.

December 27, 1928 - February 22, 2017

Jesse Tommy Byars, Sr.

Jesse Tommy Byars, Sr., 88, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. He was born on December 27, 1928, in Beaumont, to Katie Cole Byars and Henry Ray Byars, and was the owner of Byars’ Harley Davidson in Beaumont.

Tommy’s father opened the first Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership in East Texas in 1918 and Tommy literally grew up in the business. He spent his youth wrenching, riding, and racing motorcycles. On the passing of his dad, Tommy took over the business, later adding the Suzuki brand, and continued to work there daily until it’s closing in 1972. He earned his American Motorcycle Association Expert number in the heyday of Flat Track and TT Steeplechase dirt racing, riding along side of some of the countries all-time greats. His many racetrack friendships endured until his passing. He also mentored both his sons in their motorcycle racing careers.

His other hobby was big game hunting. He traveled extensively throughout Texas and the Mountain West in search of big bucks and even bear. He also built custom rifles for family and friends.

Tommy is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Joyce Ratcliff Byars, of Beaumont; sons, Jesse Tommy Byars, Jr. and his wife, Gladys, of Beaumont; and Robert W. Byars and his wife, Pat; grandchildren, Jason Byars and his wife, Shelly; John Thomas Byars and his wife, Tiffany; Randy Byars and his wife, Mary; Shawn Byars; and Barry Byars; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A private family committal for Mr. Byars’ will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, #4 Bayou Brandt, Suite B, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

2000 Mcfaddin Ave Beaumont, TX 77701
5150 Stivers St Beaumont, TX 77705
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4 Bayou Brandt Drive Suite B Beaumont, TX 77706

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