On Tuesday, just one day after his death, clothed in a white shroud, the Auburn icon was buried beneath a now 15-foot cutting from one of the original Toomer’s Corner oak trees as the sun set over his Notasulga farm. There was no casket.
“I want to fertilize this tree and for my spirit to hover around this tree,” Dye told Auburn booster and close friend and former commercial colleague Jimmy Rane, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Rane was one of the few non-family attendees at the funeral. The others were former Dye coaching assistants Joe Whitt Sr. and Rodney Garner, who also played for Dye, and a Heisman Trophy winner named Bo Jackson.
Related: The Fall and Rise of Pat Dye’s Pants