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John Thomas "Tom" Lyons

  • "Tom,It has been a honor to known you and call you friend...."
    - Shirley Poole
  • "Barbara, I am sorry to learn of your loss of Tom and will..."
  • " sorry to learn of Tom's passing. Will be..."
    - Brenda Bartholomew
  • "I am so sorry to hear about Tom. You all are in my thoughts..."
    - Martha Kitchens
  • "Barbara, I remember Tommy from our earliest years in Sunday..."
    - Hazel Hodgins Petersen

John 'Tom' Thomas Lyons


John "Tom" Thomas Lyons, 72, stepped into eternity on July 3rd after a brief stay at River City Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born August 22, 1941. Tom was a lifetime resident of Decatur. After graduating from Decatur High School in 1959, he went on to the University of Alabama and later obtained a master's degree in aerospace engineering from UAH in 1983. He spent his career working in the space and missile program in Huntsville and retired from Dynetics in 2013 after 35 years of service. He married his high school sweetheart in 1964.

In addition to his professional career, he shared his influence as a youth leader at his church and scout master in the Cub Scouts program. Tom was a Christian having given his heart and life to the Lord as a teenager. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church. He was a man of generous spirit, lover of music, and will be remembered as a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and beloved by all who called him friend.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy C. Lyons and Ruth Carmichael Lyons.

Tom is survived by Barbara Branum Lyons, his loving wife of 50 wonderful years.

He is also survived by his three sons, Timothy Randall Lyons (Fran) of Auburn, David Harrison Lyons Sr. (Heather) of West Point, Georgia, John Michael Lyons (Deanna) of Decatur; seven grandchildren, Sarah Margaret, Joseph, Tanner Lindsey, Catherine, Harrison, Jack and Emily Grace; and one sister, Ginger Brown (Dan) of White Bluff, Tennessee.

Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 at Ridout's Brown-Service Funeral Home. Services will take place in the chapel on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Reverend Tommy Lee and Reverend Brad Eades. Burial will be in Decatur City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dan Brown, Dennis Little, Allen Self, Stuart Smith, Larry Sturges and Steve Tyler.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 240 Johnston Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601. The family would like to thank the entire staff at River City Rehab for their loving care.
Published in the Decatur Daily on July 10, 2014