James Trester Dyke, the longtime head of building material supplier Dyke Industries Inc. of Little Rock, died Monday at age 84, according to an obituary posted by Ruebel Funeral Home.
Dyke, who was born in Fort Smith, led the family-owned business to regular appearances on Arkansas Business' annual list of the state's largest private companies. The company, which has 15 distribution centers in seven states, was No. 61 on this year's list with annual revenue estimated by Dun & Bradstreet of $147.5 million.
Dyke attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana before getting his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his law degree from Yale, the obituary says.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Lanier Porter, and five of his six children.
A celebration of life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock at a time to be announced.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of states with Dyke Industries distribution centers.