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Memorial service set for 'Diamond Dave,' an 'icon' in Columbia

Friday, September 13, 2013 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 5:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 14, 2013
David Tye, right, and Jackie Richardson rest in the warming center at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street on Christmas Eve 2012. Tye, known for wearing a Santa hat during the holidays and singing along with tunes on the radio, has died.

COLUMBIA — A brief memorial service will be held Saturday for David Tye, a homeless man who was a familiar presence on Ninth Street.

Tye, better known as “Diamond Dave,” died this week.

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He was “more or less an icon” in Columbia, said Mike Misslin, a friend who also spent much of his time on the streets.

“He was a heck of a character, and he had a lot of personality.”

Calvary Episcopal Church will hold a service for Tye between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. Saturday, after the church’s weekly free breakfast.

Tye, known for wearing a Santa hat during the holidays and singing along with tunes on the radio, was in his late 40s.

“He lived his life, until the day he died, the way he wanted to live,” said Anthony Schegog, another homeless Columbia resident.

"I will always keep him in my heart."


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