William "Sonny" Herman Lyons, Jr.

March 7, 1937September 30, 2020

William H. Lyons, Jr., “Sonny,” was born in Alexandria, Virginia on March 7, 1937.

Sonny was a long time resident of North Augusta, SC, before returning to Virginia in 1996. He died on September 30, 2020 at the age of 83, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife Betty Zehring Lyons, his children Jeffrey Lyons, Timothy Lyons, Christopher Lyons, and Rebecca Fulcher, as well as his grandchildren, Brandi Schwarz, Zachary Lyons, Rhyman Lyons, Christy Graham, Daniel Fulcher, III, Inglish Fulcher, Caleb Fulcher, Hannah Fulcher, and several great grandchildren. Sonny was preceded in death by one son, Russell Lyons.

All services will be private.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


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Faye Rosenberg

October 14, 2020

Dear Betty & family,

Rex left my name off his condolences because he knew I would like to write you myself. For a long time, I had no words. Yes, we know that Sonny fought the fine fight. We know that he is no longer in pain. We know that he is in Jehovah's memory and that we are sure to see him again soon... but right now that sounds a little hollow to me.

Yes, it is true that we only met Sonny when he was already sick, yet nobody had a bigger smile than he did. I would always light up inside whenever he was able to make it to the Kingdom Hall. I would rush over to get my hug! I looked forward to coming to the Book Study. I will look forward to seeing him when his body strength matches the capacity of the love in his heart.

It does make me feel better to know that for over 1000 years that satan will not be able to touch Sonny's life again. And if he was this strong & faithful in what he had to endure now, how much stronger will he be after all that time!

Betty, I had the privilege of getting to  know Audrey Hyde while at Bethel. When I read her experience in the Watchtower article a few weeks ago, I thought of you.

"Focus on the future... Audrey Hyde tried to keep this positive outlook, even though... (she lost 2 husbands). She says that she was helped by something Brother Knorr told her just a few weeks before his death. She says: “Nathan reminded me: ‘After death, our hope is sure, and we will never have to suffer pain again.’ Then he urged me: ‘Look ahead, for there is where your reward is.’ . . . He added: ‘Keep busy​—try to use your life doing something for others. This will help you to find joy.’”

Audrey lived those words. It really helped her. I hope what Br. Knorr told her will help you too.

You have a beautiful family who I know will support you. We may have to be separated by social distancing but are not separated by our love for you and Sonny. Your are in our hearts and prayers. We love you, Faye

Stephen & Diamond Ogletree

October 12, 2020

Betty and the Fulcher family,

We send our condolences, warm hugs and love to you. We are so sad for the loss of our dear friend who was a good husband, father and brother.

I too remember ‘goodie night’ - more officially called the ‘Lyons Book Study Group’ lol. Sonny and Betty felt like everyone’s grandparents. They showed love and care for each one of us. Something I really appreciated about Sonny was he was always warm and encouraging. “Hey Steve!” was his warm greeting when I walked through the door. Even when he did not feel well and he would ask for us to say hello to him in his room, he wanted to know how others were doing and about congregation activities. His deep love for Jehovah and his people was encouraging. We will miss our Sonny, but only for a little while.

Once again, our condolences to the family and especially our Betty. We love you

- Stephen and Diamond Ogletree

Rex Rosenberg

October 5, 2020

From the day we moved into the area and their lives 14 years ago, Sonny fought with health issues. Yet no matter how bad he felt, you would never know by his smile and warmth. What a lovely couple they made. He married his sweetheart and you could tell he always felt it in his heart. He was just a joy to be around.

Sandi & Chuck Cave

October 3, 2020

You could always feel the love when you walked into the Lyons house on Rt. 211. We'll never forget "goodie night" after the book study on Wednesday nights. Looking forward to seeing him running like a deer in the Paradise. We love you Betty and the whole Fulcher clan ; )

Vicki & Chuck Garner

October 2, 2020

Dear Lyons Family,
We just wanted you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. What a comfort to know that Brother Lyons has won his race and is now resting in Jehovah’s memory. We all look forward to welcoming him home.

Tom Perry

October 2, 2020

It was my honor to work with Sonny, as his physical therapist over the past year. He was a joy to work with and was always so optimistic despite his health limitation. He was able to bring joy into my day as I'm sure he did to countless people throughout his life. Although, it saddens me deeply to know of his passing, it is comforting to know that he is no longer in pain. May everyone be comforted during this difficult time.

With love,
Tom Perry

Amy Rains Hicks

October 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Sonny, but I know we will all get to see him really soon in the resurrection. I remember when Sonny opened his disk rental store and Becky and I would watch every disk before he took it to his store. We must have watched Singing in the Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 125 times. We loved it when he got in new disks because we finally had something new to watch. That was long before VCR's were invented! That's just one of the many memories I have. Sonny was one of a kind and I can't wait to see him again in the paradise!

Sheryl Herber

October 1, 2020

Many thoughts and prayers to all of you! May God bless each of you and provide solace in your time of grief. Thank you so very much for allowing all of us at Sentara Home Health provide care and be a part of his journey in life.

With prayers & love,

Krista Williams

October 1, 2020

Betty and the entire family...I am so sorry for your loss. I know you two have had many years and a lifetime of memories together that you will carry in the days ahead. He will be greatly missed. I am so happy he had such great caretakers in the end...the best of the best. I also know the flood of emotions that come along with that and I want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for you all. Keep all those memories alive until we see him again in perfect health, running, smiling and living a pain free life. No better or safer place to be than in Jehovah’s memory. We love you all so much and hope to be with you soon...
Much Love~
Ricky, Krista, Kelsey & Brent Williams

Lynn Hodgkins

October 1, 2020

Dear Betty and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Sonny. I remember him fondly back in North Augusta. I know the resurrection hope will keep you all comforted, especially knowing that it is just around the corner now. I think of you and your family often. I pray for your strength and encouragement during this time as well as the grievous days ahead. We can see all around us that God's Kingdom is coming soon and it's in this hope that we keep enduring. Love, Lynn Garner Hodgins


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