Hoy Vineyard, 78, of Arnoldsburg died Friday, April 6, 2001, at the home of a friend, after a short illness.

He was born Sept. 17, 1922, at Vineyard Ridge, Roane County, a son of the late Wade and Fanny Sarver Vineyard. He was a retired employee of General Electric, Washington, and a former employee of Monsanto, Nitro. He was a farmer and a cattleman. He was also an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include stepsons, Tommy V. Carper of Big Bend, and Randall K. Carper of Sugarland, Texas; special friend and companion, Nell Marie Graham of Spencer; brothers, Ross and Ralph, both of Vineyard Ridge; sisters, Opal of Vineyard Ridge, and Gail of Maryland; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Carper Vineyard; a daughter, Ellen Vineyard Drake; brothers, Robert, Virgil and Earl.

To honor his request, there will be no service or visitation and his body will be cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.