William Andrew Lyon
William Andrew Lyon
  • May 16, 1925 - July 28, 2017
  • Huntsville, Alabama

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Mr. William “Andrew” Lyon, 92, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Andrew was born on May 16, 1925, the oldest of four children to Lorenzo Thomas Lyon and Melinda Duskin Lyon in New Hope, Alabama.

Andrew was devoted to Elizabeth, his wife of 69 years, and to his four children. He was also devoted to God and his country. Andrew was an active member of Huntsville Park Church of Christ, and during his latter years was a member of Maysville Church of Christ.

He was a veteran of the Army Air Force, flying combat missions during World War II in the Pacific as a ball turret gunner on B-17 planes. His quickness, flexibility, and thin frame made him the perfect candidate for these dangerous missions. Immediately after the war, he supervised a cadre of opposition soldiers that removed land mines in Okinawa, placed by the enemy to kill and maim Allied forces.

Upon return to Madison County, Alabama, Andrew married Elizabeth Jenkins and began employment with General Shoe, and later Saginaw Steering Gear. During his free time, he enjoyed working on his friends’ lawnmowers and growing vegetables for his family and friends. He had the ability to repair anything mechanical and to grow any fruit or vegetable successfully. He and his wife grew most all of the food that they fed their family. Andrew was an expert tomato gardener, and won the Botanical Garden’s largest tomato contest several times.

Andrew is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Edward Lyon. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lyon; sisters Sally Lyon Garrard and Beulah Lyon of Huntsville, AL; children Dr. Gilda Lyon of Morganton, Georgia, Randy Lyon (Nanette) of West Blocton, AL, Bruce Lyon of Nashville, TN, and Tanjie Kling (Bill) of Huntsville, AL; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Andrew taught his children valuable life lessons and to work hard every day. We will continue to live by his words of wisdom, and to live out the legacy of hard work and determination that he has instilled in us.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 30 at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Cheryl Bazzle and her staff at Compassus Hospice for their support, and Ms. Sarita Timmons and her staff at In Good Hands Healthcare Services for their loving care.