James Dyke, Longtime Head of Dyke Industries, Dies at 84


James Dyke, Longtime Head of Dyke Industries, Dies at 84
A 2019 photo of James Dyke, the longtime head of Dyke Industries. (Arkansas Business)

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 was also a president and chairman of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and on the advisory board of the National Gallery of Art. He was an avid duck hunter. 

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.