Deacon Betty Lyles passed away quietly and peacefully in her sleep on June 25, 2018 at the age of 88. She was born in Silver City, MS and grew up in Jackson, MS. She attended Lanier High School and West Virginia State College. She was married to Ernest Lyles and had three children. Mrs. Lyles was part owner of Milizette Beauty and Barber Supply store with her son, Kevin. She entered into the business under her brother, Milton Hutchins. Other jobs included working in her brother's, Frank Hutchins, store 25th Avenue Variety Store and her husband's business, Lyles Plastering. She served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church and participated and held positions in the Food Pantry, Miriam Missionary Ministry, General Mission, Chancel Choir, and as a high school Sunday School teacher. Betty's other activities included past president of the Indiana American Baptist Women's Convention USA, tutoring for the Volunteer Corps Literacy Program under Mrs. Geraldine Houser, and member of Church Women United and the Board of Directors for Images of Hope, Inc. She was preceded in death by her parents, Florence and Dink Johnson, and nine of her siblings. She has one surviving brother Milton Hutchins, three sisters-in-law Doris Hutchins, Thelma (Robert) Merritt, and Sharon Hutchins; two brothers-in-law Clarence Lyles and Prentiss (Jane) Lyles. She leaves three children to cherish her life, Deborah (Louis) Anderson, Michael (Marilyn) Lyles, and Kevin Lyles. She leaves four grandchildren Jazz Lyles, Matthew Lyles, Marissa Lyles, and Aleksa Anderson as well as two great-grandchildren MyZell and Amir. And finally, she leaves behind two godchildren, Neal Terry and Gayle Brown. Visitation Saturday June 30, 2018 from 9-11 with funeral services to follow at 11:00a.m. All services at First Baptist Church 626 W. 21st Avenue. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.
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Published in Post-Tribune on Jun. 29, 2018.