Thomas Lyons Jr.


Thomas Clinton Lyons Jr., age 78. Sunrise July 25, 1938 in Mocksville, NC and Sunset June 8, 2017 in Columbus, OH.

Thomas was a U.S. Army Veteran, retiree of Battelle Research Institute and member of Ebenezer Baptist Church for over 60 years where he served with the Usher and Kitchen Ministries. He and his late wife also enjoyed tutoring and working with the youth.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Clinton Lyons Sr. and Ardena R. Lyons Goins; wives Elsie Crump Lyons and Deborah P. Lyons; brothers, Rev. Bobby L. Lyons and James Edward Lyons and sister in law Willema Lyons.

Left to cherish his memory, sisters Earle L. Smith, Brenda L. Horton, Sylvia Williams, Mary Hairston and Adraine Goins; sister in law, Shirley Lyons and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation 11:00 a.m. and Funeral 12:00 Noon Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn north on Lonsdale Rd.).

Condolence Messages

  1. To The Family of Thomas Lyons,
    Our sympathy is with your family during your time of grieving. May your fondest memories of Thomas live on forever in your hearts.

    The Ernestine Grant Family of Mocksville, NC

  2. Vanessa Crump

    To the Lyons family you have our deepest and sincere condolences. Tommy was a good brother-in-law and friend. May you find peace in the midst of your sorrow. From the remain sisters of Elsie Crump Lyons. Susie, Katie Vanessa and Velda.

  3. To: The Lyons Family.
    I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God’s word the Bible. Jesus said: At John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.
    May the hope and promises in this Scripture bring you comfort and strength to endure the difficult days ahead.
    For more information please visit (Search Comfort).

  4. Betty Humphrey

    Dear family we are sorry to hear about your loss death is difficult for family and friends however the Bible holds out hope for our deceased love ones found in the Bible book of John chapter 5 and verses 28 and 29. Why not read these scriptures in your personal copy of the Bible.

    Peacefully Yours

    For additional information about the resurrection hope please refer to JW.Org

  5. Walnut Creek Civic Assoc

    The Walnut Creek Civic Assoc. wish to offer our condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed.

  6. Magalene Britton Gaither

    It is with pride that we, the town of his birth recognize the contribution that one Thomas Clinton Lyons Jr. made to humanity. We remember him as being intelligently OUTSPOKEN. Tommy did not compromise his beliefs. He spoke boldly and bravely his opinion. Tommy was FAMILY and KINFOLK DEDICATED. We remember an incident that occurred at the end of his mother’s funeral when the preacher’s wife took Tommy’s baby sister Adriane’s hand intending to take her home with the minister’s wife. Tommy responded by taking baby sister hand in his hand and saying, “I think we can handle this.”

    Tommy was church-reared and bible fed spending over three-fourths of his life in Praise to God in the church of his choice. We see him carrying out the orders that God gave to Micah in chapter 6, verse 8: To do what is right to other people, Love being kind to others and living humbly, Trusting God, doing justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. You see Tommy’s “bark was worse than his bite. So family, we say to you_ Feel no guilt in laughing, he’d know how much you care. You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what he would want, SMILE, OPEN YOUR EYES, LOVE AND GO ON! You have our heart felt sympathy.

    Humbly submitted, the Mocksville Community .

  7. To the family of Thomas, you have my condolences in the loss of your dear loved one. Death is a difficult situation to accept and it is not natural. Why? God’s original purpose was for the human family to become many, fill the earth, and to live forever upon it (Genesis 1:28)! Humans die because sin and its effects have been passed on to us as Romans 5:12 tells us. Soon, the dead will be restored to perfect life (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:29). It is impossible for God to lie so his purpose will come true!

  8. Shirley Johnson

    To: Earle and Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you His peace ,strength
    and comfort during this time.
    With love and sympathy,
    Shirley Johnson

  9. To: Earle and Family,
    Praying for your strength in the Lord and in the power of His might. His abiding Presence will give you comfort and peace.
    Love and sympathy,
    Mary Hardin

  10. Geraldin hayes

    To the family of Thomas Lyons
    Lean on the Lord for your strength and understanding, He is a just God
    It is impossible forHim to error. May God continue to Bless and keep
    You during this difficult time.


  11. Alvin and Elizabeth Blakely

    Our condolences to your family and sorry for your loss and our neighbor. God Bless you in this trying time.

  12. On behalf of Ida Pickett and family, we are praying for You all. Oftentimes, things happen that we don’t understand, but we rest in the assurance that God is perfect in all His ways. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Delores Greene

    My condolences to your family. I saw Thomas at Golden Corral about 2 months ago, I had no idea that it would be the last time. Your family is in my prayers.

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