James W. Lyell

James W. Lyell

James W. Lyell, 92, of Nitrate City, left this life on March 2, 2014. Visitation will be today, 6-9 p.m., at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia. His funeral service will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., in the funeral home chapel with Ricky Lyell and Marty Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.

James was born in Hohenwald, Tenn. on Sept. 7, 1921, to William E. Lyell and Emma Voorhies Lyell. He touched the lives of many people with his sweet spirit and funny humor. He was quite a character, full of life, whose favorite past time was to joke and read his bible. He strongly believed in God, family, love, and Alabama football. James served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was married to his beloved wife, Stella Lee Baker Lyell for 65 years and they had four children: Peggy Word, Susan Blasingame, Rickey Lyell, and Nathan Lyell. James loved his family so much and took pride in working to support them.

He retired as a construction carpenter and became the door greeter at Wal-Mart for 21 years. He loved this job and met many great people. He was known for wearing his "Hee-Haw" overhauls, crazy costumes, and riding his tricycle. James was a Christian who lived and served the Lord. He preached the gospel for many years before residing as a member at River Road Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his parents, one brother, and five sisters.

He is survived by his sister, Louise Williams, of Hohenwald, Tenn.; four children, Peggy Word (Barry), Susan Blasingame (Ben), Rickey Lyell (Elaine), and Nathan Lyell (Debra); 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Brent Word, Jeremy Lyell, Eric Mullins, Zach Lyell, Josh Robertson, Trey Robertson, Johnny Cobb, Tad Drake, Josh Brooks, Brad King, and Dexter Coffee.

We appreciate all the family, friends, and caregivers. A very special thanks to Peggy and Barry Word, Ben and Susan Blasingame, Rickey and Elaine Lyell, Shalako King, Bonnie Drake, Jeremy Lyell, Jenny Brooks, Liz Webb, and all the special people at Alacare for taking such great care of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

An online guest registry is available at morrisonfuneralhomes.com.

Funeral Home

Morrison Funeral Home - Tuscumbia
825 N Main Street  Tuscumbia, AL 35674
(256) 383-7311

Published in Florence Times Daily on Mar. 4, 2014