We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at McMillan-Small Funeral Home & Crematory
Margaret Springs Dyer passed away on the evening of May 27, 2022, in Stuart, Florida, after a prolonged illness.
Margaret was born in Conway, South Carolina on February 1, 1957, to Elizabeth (Betty) Moore Springs and Wilson Baker Springs. She grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where she was a 1975 graduate of Coastal Academy. Margaret attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia graduating in 1979 with a B.S. in Business. While there, she was very involved as a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Margaret returned to Myrtle Beach to work in the family real estate and insurance business, H.B. Springs Company, until 1984 when she married Thomas (Tom) Howard Dyer. She and Tom lived in both South and North Carolina before moving to Tom’s home state of Florida. Margaret continued her career in real estate establishing, along with Tom, the Dyer Group, Inc.
While living in Tampa, Florida for several years, Margaret developed an interest in fox hunting, which is in reality only ‘fox chasing.’ Together with her horse, Scout, and a group of fellow lady “hunters,” she spent many afternoons riding the beautiful Tampa countryside. Margaret and Tom eventually made Stuart, Florida their permanent home and she traded green fields for blue waters. There, along with their many friends, they enjoyed sport fishing and frequent trips on their beloved Hatteras, HOPE. Margaret and Tom’s favorite destination was the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas which they often visited for months at a time. They also enjoyed visiting many other islands including Cuba.
Margaret loved all activities involving the outdoors, especially water sports. She spent her childhood summers water skiing, boating, sailing, fishing, and clamming in Murrells Inlet and Garden City, South Carolina. She was an adventurous, fun-loving, kind, and generous person with a beautiful dimpled smile and a servant’s heart.
Over the years, Margaret helped to meet the needs of countless individuals, and she was always involved with volunteer work. She gladly gave numerous hours to the American Heart Association, the Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, and Joshua House Foundation of Florida. For several years, she co-chaired the Saltwater Sisters Ladies Angler Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Stuart Sailfish Club. Margaret was remembered by the club as “an enthusiastic member of the Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation, of which Tom was past president. She was the catalyst behind the 2015 transformation of the Sailfish Club’s annual Ladies Angler Tournament to the tremendously successful Saltwater Sisters Tournament that benefits local breast cancer survivor charities. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.”
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years and her parents, but is survived by her sisters, Anne Wilson (Neyle) and Louise Smith (Ken); her stepmother, Sandra Springs and family; her sister-in-law, Deborah Coffman (Mike), her brother-in-law, Terry Dyer (Abbie); her nieces and nephews, Marion, Alec, and Elizabeth Neyle Wilson, Dustin Smith (Meredith) and family, Matthew and Ruthie Coffman, Tracie Casserly and family, Gene Dyer (Kim) and family; many beloved extended family members and friends; and her dear pets, Camden, Ben, and Munkus.
Margaret remained a member of the First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach throughout her life. There will be a Service of Hope and Resurrection there at 901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 11:00 in the morning. The service will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend in person. To access the live stream, please visit the “Myrtle Beach First United Methodist Church” Facebook page. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Stuart, Florida in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, please consider the Saltwater Sisters, Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation, 3867 SE Evans Terrace, Stuart, Florida 34997 to aid breast cancer charities or the Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc. 112 Hunter Ridge Drive, Boiling Springs, South Carolina 29316, a charity close to Margaret’s heart.
Martin Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements in Stuart and McMillan-Small Funeral Home with Myrtle Beach arrangements.