OBITUARY

James Douglas Lyon

July 11, 1957October 23, 2018

Mr. James Douglas Lyon, age 61, of Dallas, GA passed away October 23, 2018. He was born July 11, 1957 in Orlando, FL. Mr. Lyon proudly served in the Marine Reserves. He was a deputy with Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. James was very athletic, enjoying football, tennis, swimming, running and riding bikes. He had a heightened sense of humor. Also, he liked to ride motorcycles and go camping. His favorite pastime however, was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Lyon is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruth Lyon.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Lyon; son, Jonathan and wife Natalie Bedford; their children, Carter Bedford and Juliana Bedford; daughter, Kayl and husband Vincent Altimari; their children, Rhett Altimari, Vanden Altimari, Laurel Altimari and Logan Altimari; special friends the Stapleton family as well as numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. A Celebration of Life will follow at 6:30 pm with Pastor Chuck Graves officiating. Tim Stapleton and Vincent Altimari will also speak.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Homestead Hospice HOPE Foundation, 10888 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075 or online at http://www.homesteadhospice.com/donate.html.

Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at www.whitleygarner.com

Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Travis Dye

October 24, 2018

While saddened by Jimmy’s passing, it’s a privilege to share that Jimmy Lyon and I were good, close friends during high school (Briarcliff) and for many years afterwards. As so often happens, our careers took us in different directions, and we lost touch. Despite that, I’m thankful that in the days just prior to his passing, we were able to reunite for a few moments. It was also an honor to meet and spend some time with his wife, Martha. We shared a few historical and recent memories (Martha, our thoughts and prayers are with you.). As far as Jimmy stories are concerned, and having known him during our "formative" years, there may have been an incident or two that caused our parents some concern. Even though they all began innocently enough, a couple (maybe a few) ended with a “situation”…and vehicle damage (minor vehicle damage). While Jimmy wasn’t really a morning person, and would occasionally sleep-in, that was in no way a reflection of his inner drive. He went to school, played sports and worked, all at the same time. He rode motorcycles, scuba dived, joined the Marines, and became a Deputy (serving his country and community). He was even part of a short lived entrepreneurial group called DDLT (only meaningful to those who were around at the time). Perhaps his greatest gifts were conversation and story telling. You just weren’t always quite sure about the veracity of the tale. Winning a competition by riding a motorcycle on one wheel (a wheelie) around the entire length of Road Atlanta (2+ miles) – it seemed legitimate at the time. He was a good guy. Wish we could have another laugh, another beer – I’m sure there’s more he’d like to add to that motorcycle story. God Bless Jimmy Lyon.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Mr. James Douglas Lyon, age 61, of Dallas, GA passed away October 23, 2018. He was born July 11, 1957 in Orlando, FL. Mr. Lyon proudly served in the Marine Reserves. He was a deputy with Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. James was very athletic, enjoying football, tennis, swimming, running and riding bikes. He had a heightened sense of humor. Also, he liked to ride motorcycles and go camping. His favorite pastime however, was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Lyon is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruth Lyon.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Lyon; son, Jonathan and wife Natalie Bedford; their children, Carter Bedford and Juliana Bedford; daughter, Kayl and husband Vincent Altimari; their children, Rhett Altimari, Vanden Altimari, Laurel Altimari and Logan Altimari; special friends the Stapleton family as well as numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. A Celebration of Life will follow at 6:30 pm with Pastor Chuck Graves officiating. Tim Stapleton and Vincent Altimari will also speak.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Homestead Hospice HOPE Foundation, 10888 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075 or online at http://www.homesteadhospice.com/donate.html.

Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at www.whitleygarner.com

Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246