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Ted Wyatt

Ted Wyatt

Tuesday, January 31st, 1950 - Sunday, October 11th, 2020
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Ted Wyatt passed away at home in the morning hours on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 70 years of age. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas to Paul Harvey and Avis Analine (Schooling) Wyatt on Tuesday, January 31, 1950. Ted met the love of his life Sandra in Irving and on June 20, 1969 they married and began their family. They raised their 2 daughters in Irving, Texas. Ted was the owner/operator of Hair Etc. located here in Irving, where he also used his talent and worked at his own salon alongside the other hair stylists in his shop. He is preceded in death by both parents and infant brother David Wyatt. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 51 years, Sandra Wyatt; daughter Cortney Hallett and spouse Leland; daughter Shelley Dorsey and spouse Whitney; sister Anna Swearingen and spouse Doug; brother Ben Wyatt and spouse Jewelene; grandchildren Bowyn Dorsey, Barrett Dorsey and Greyson Dorsey along with many other loving family, friends and business associates. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am, Friday, October 16, 2020 at Hope Irving, 1646 W. Irving Blvd. in Irving; please note there is an attendance restriction of 70 persons at the church. A graveside service is open to the public at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 E. Irving Blvd. on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:30pm. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Many Helping Hands at https://www.manyhelpinghands.org/ .
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Hope Irving Church
    Address
    1646 W Irving Blvd
    IRVING, TX 75061
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    Notes
    Please note there is an attendance restriction of 70 persons at the church.
  • Interment

    Location
    Oak Grove Memorial Gardens
    Address
    1413 E. Irving Blvd.
    IRVING, TX 75060
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    Notes
    A graveside service is open to the public on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:30pm

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Mike McTall

Posted at 01:15pm
I want to start by saying that as I drove to Ted’s memorial service, the celebration of his life, I had a lot of thoughts about our long time friendship, what might be said at the memorial and the inevitable thoughts by everyone there about their own mortality. It seems that the pastor had been in on my thoughts as he spoke of many of them.
I first came to get a haircut at Ken’s and Ted’s in 1973. I had been working in a warehouse and got an opportunity to work in the office and needed to cut my hair, which was down to the middle of my back. It was Ted who cut my hair that day and it became the beginning of a very long friendship.
A dynamic that has always existed at a barber shop or salon is that so many subjects are discussed during your time there such as politics, sports, business or family issues. I guess because Ted and I seemed to hit it off very early on we had discussions about all these subjects and quickly these conversations became more personal and intimate rather than just a superficial chat. I give Ted a lot of the credit for that as he always seemed to be genuinely interested. I would come to know and appreciate that this was just one of his characteristics. Over the many years our lives would change and so would the conversations. Family became more important. My divorce after 36 years and remarriage. My struggles within my relationships with my son, ex-wife, new wife, etc. Ted would always remember our last conversation (amazing considering how many he would have with other clients) and ask how (fill in the blank) was doing. He would always beam and laugh lightheartedly when he would tell me about his daughters, his grandchildren, hunting, fishing with them, family vacations to Colorado and we would always have a good conversation about the Texas Rangers.
There are about three stories that I have always remembered, and I have often shared them with others I know.
Like the time he spent a considerable amount of his time and a few dollars rebuilding a small wood deck for his aged uncle. After it was done his uncle offered to pay Ted for it. After he refused several times to take anything for doing it he finally relented. His uncle then gave him $5.00.
Or the ongoing love/hate relationship he had with a pet iguana that, I believe, originally belonged to one of his daughters. He would tell me stories of how he tried to treat this lizard with some degree of kindness despite the meanness it showed toward him. He would tell me in a very calm manner how he just hated that iguana, at times, although I don’t think he meant it.
Then, as my hair began to thin and my hairline to recede Ted began to suggest that I consider a shorter cut. After many months, maybe a couple of years, he continued to suggest this to me. I would always say “no, thanks”, or “I’ll think about it”. Then during one of my trips to Canada with my new wife (she’s Canadian) she introduced me to her stylist, and he suggested it. I was trapped and had to give in. Oh my.
I felt as though I had cheated on my wife the next time I came into Hair Etc. But Ted, in his normal demeanor, didn’t chastise me or the cut. He just said, “that’s what I’ve been trying to tell you to do”.
This brings me to the one word I think of to describe Ted. Kindhearted. This was a characteristic that only three very close friends of mine have had and Ted is one of those three. I never saw any of them ever get angry. It’s a characteristic that I admire and don’t possess. All three have gone on to be with the Lord and yet that part of them remains with me as a reminder, to help me strive to be a better man.
Thirteen years ago, I became a follower of Jesus Christ and my conversations with Ted became changed by that. Our faith became something that would create a different perspective on whatever we might be talking about. I shared some books with him, and he shared one with someone else.
After I attended a men’s spiritual renewal weekend that really gave me a deeper understanding of my faith and gave me the ease of being close to other Christian men I continued to serve on subsequent Weekends for some seven years.
As a result of this experience, our Christian love for each other became more prominent in our conversations, especially after Ted became ill. After he would finish cutting my hair he would tell me in very genuine tones how much he appreciated me as a friend. It was easy for me to give him a hug and tell him that I loved him.
One of the things I thought of on my way to his celebration was that on that Sunday he met our Lord Jesus face to face, it was the first day of his eternity. I know that Ted will be one of those that welcomes me when my life here is over and my first day of eternity with our Lord begins. I look forward to seeing him again. His legacy is intact in the memories of those who were fortunate to know him.
~ Mike McTall

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Kelly Davis

Posted at 07:33pm
I've gone to Ted for over 40 years, since I was just 10 years old. I remember his old shop and can still picture it in my head. He's been a part of my life for such a long time and shared in so many memories, that he was like family to me. He always gave me good advice and I looked up to him and admired the kind of man that he was. Especially the way he loved his family and grandkids! Oh, how I looked forward to hearing the stories and seeing the pictures of the time they spent together. I will miss him dearly. May our Lord bless and comfort his family and close friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I've made a donation in his honor to Many Helping Hands. What a wonderful thing for him to support.
Please accept my sincere condolences,
Kelly Davis
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Cindy Higgs, Jennifer Wyatt Martin,Justin Wyatt

Posted at 06:57pm
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Eric Johnson

Posted at 05:09pm
I have been going to see Ted for over 50 years. We would exchange stories about our families. I remember well when Ted was coaching the girl's softball team. He encouraged the girls to encourage each other. I know he made a difference in their lives. I know he treasured time with his grandchildren. Even when we moved an hour away from Irving, I would always go to Ted for my haircuts. He did a most excellent job in cutting my hair, but I kept going back to Irving to see Ted and to visit with him. It was about seeing my dear old friend more than the haircut. My wife started going to Ted also some decades back. We will both miss him terribly, but I am confident that he is in God's loving hands.
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Bennett Richard

Posted at 04:40pm
I loved going to see Ted every month, for close to 50 years to get my hair cut. We never had a shortage of subjects to talk about... Family, sports, politics where I had been flying to. He always had a great story to tell as well. I constantly tried to get him to take me to his deer lease with him but I think he just wanted to be there alone to recharge from the busy day to day life. I'll truly miss my friend and the relationship that we developed over the years in that barber chair... Till I see you again, friend
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