Rev. Dr. Wylie Everett Hearn

02/04/1944 - 05/11/2020


The family of Rev. Dr. Wylie Everett “Buff” Hearn will remember his life of 76 years at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. Dr. Hearn passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020. In support of the health of our community, the seating is limited due to the social distancing requirement set by Governor Abbott. The service will be live-streamed and be available for thirty days on this page. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon.

The Rev. Dr. Wylie E. “Buff” Hearn was born on February 4, 1944, in San Angelo, Texas, to Wylie Ernest Hearn Jr. and Clydean Everitt. He graduated from Ballinger High School in 1962. Post-graduation, he entered Texas A&M University, where he studied Animal Science. He loved the Fightin’ Texas Aggies and was a proud member of the 12th Man. After graduating from the Corps of Cadets, he was commissioned as Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as a tank commander in the US Army Reserves. Throughout his life, Dr. Hearn loved telling Aggie jokes. Following his military service, he returned to his hometown to work with his father at Ballinger Wool & Mohair. During this time, he received the call to serve the Lord Jesus Christ as a pastor. In 1972, he entered Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he received his Master of Divinity in 1975. Upon graduation, he was appointed to San Jacinto United Methodist Church in Amarillo, Texas.  He furthered his theological studies and earned a Doctor of Ministry in 1987 from Asbury Theological Seminary. Successive appointments over the next three and a half decades included First United Methodist Church Follett; St. Matthews United Methodist Church Lubbock; First United Methodist Church Memphis; First United Methodist Church Snyder; St. Paul United Methodist Church Amarillo; Grace United Methodist Church Alamogordo, New Mexico; and Kingswood United Methodist Church Amarillo. He pastored hundreds of people and found great joy in sharing the light of Christ with them. Throughout his active ministry in the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Hearn was not only seen as a beloved pastor but as a conference leader and a frontrunner in local and global missions. He gave great energy and compassion to taking the resources of the church to those in need. His ministry also involved considerable work in several Emmaus Walk Communities and in children’s church camps. After retiring from full-time pastoral ministry, Dr. Hearn continued his missional outreach through ministry to a bowling league and in advocating for children in court systems. In addition, he taught advanced discipleship and spiritual formation through a Lilly Grant program at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Hearn also loved working with his hands. Gardening, pottery, and carpentry were some of his greatest passions outside of his Church work. He was a master potter and was known throughout the United States for his custom chalice and paten sets. He was also an avid outdoorsman spending several summers in Durango, Colorado, and in the mountain ranges of Kentucky trout fishing, camping, and hiking. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his daughter Audra Day and husband, Miles of Lubbock; stepchildren Amanda Harmon and husband, Scott of Idalou; Melanie Hohman and husband Darrell of Claude, and Bay John Long of Slaton; grandchildren, Hannah and Micah Day; and Guy Harmon; sister Peni Gardner of Granbury, brother Russ Hearn and wife Wendy of Fredericksburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wylie and Clydean Hearn; wife, Sandra Hearn; and grandson, Jett Harmon.



In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests you make a donation to the Asbury Theological Seminary in honor of Dr. Hearn.



Celebration of Life

Life Tribute

Funeral Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:1:00 pm
End Time:2:00 pm



7 Comments on “Rev. Dr. Wylie Everett Hearn”

  1. Dear Audra,
    You wouldn’t remember me since you were just a baby when I babysat you; but I have so many sweet memories of your dad and mom in Ballinger.
    I’m so sorry to hear about Buff’s passing.

  2. Buff, David Black and I did music together while we were at Asbury! I remember a Young Life gathering in Winchester, KY where we shared music. Buff was always an encourager to me. Trusting in Jesus’s Resurrection promise, I look forward to seeing him again!

  3. My husband, Robert H. (Bobby) Wilson was recalling times with Buff and Ivan Estes on the rides at the fair in Abilene and other times in high school this morning at breakfast. We are praying for the family as they grieve his passing.

  4. So sorry for the family’s loss. Buff and Sandy became good friends of mine while they served in Memphis. I always appreciated his gentle demeanor and caring attitude toward whomever he met. I think of both of them often and will recall our time together with fondness. Blessings to the family.

  5. I remember what a nice boy you were growing up in Ballinger. My thoughts and prayers for your family.

  6. So very sorry to hear about Buff. I hadn’t seen him since high school, but all his family and mine grew up in the Methodist church in Ballinger. Many memories of our growing up.
    May God truly give comfort and peace to each family member.
    Janabeth(Conner) Hall

  7. Sorry to hear that Buff has passed away. I haven’t seen him since high school.
    I remember the fun times we had on a couple of fishing trips with Buff , Bill Wilkins, Gerald Witt, Johnny Parks, my brother Bob and I during our high school years. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

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