LIMA — Thomas Lyons, age 83, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 31, 2014 at approximately 11:22 a.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center.
He was born on February 11, 1930 in Barnesville, Georgia to Arsben and Annie Mae Lester Lyons, Sr., both preceded him in death.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 2 years. He was introduced to singing while serving in the Air Force while stationed in Florida. He confessed his belief in Christ at an early age and was baptized by Rev. Leroy C. MGee and became a member of the Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church where he sang in the Acapella Chorus and the Community Gospel Chorus. He also sang in numerous quartets in the Lima Area, including the Lima Jubilee Singers. He traveled quite extensively while performing with the group, that is when he met Sam Cooke. The same year he finished his tour with the United States Air Force he worked at the Lima Tank Plant and worked there for 10 years. (1948-1958). He then started working at Ford Motor Company in 1959 and worked there for 47 years before retiring. He was an avid Ohio State fan and looked forward to watching them play. He also belonged to the Samuel W. Clark Masonic Lodge.
He was married to Dorothy Raye Johnson who passed away in May 1984, and to this union was born two daughters. On July 28, 1985 he was united in marriage to Martha L. Springer, who survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Cynthia Renee (Greg) Jones of Lima, and Bridgette Renee (Terrance) Mathis of Cleveland, Ohio. 5 grandsons; Jeremy Guice, Shawn Guice, Brett Guice, Ryan Guice and Trey Mathis, 3 granddaughters, Jada Meeks who was always by his side. Terece Mathis and Terran Mathis. 3 great grandchildren. One brother, Ellis (Catherine) Lyons of Dayton, Ohio and 2 sisters, Josephine Jennings of Columbus and Betty Jean (William) Steward of Lima. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Wesley Lyons, Arsben Lyons, Jr and Roscoe Lyons. 6 sisters, Marietta Fletcher, Clora O'Neal, Dorothy Howell, Lillian Hogue, Margaret Whitfield and Rosemary Spears.
Home Going Services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Earnest Stephens, Jr. officiating.
Visitation/Wake services will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Jones-Clark Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where the family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery.
Military Rites by V.F.W. Post #1275.
Arrangements Entrusted to: Jones-Clark Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences can be made at: www.jonesclarkfuneralhome.com.