Charles Wayne Lyman

July 6, 1945November 17, 2020

With saddened hearts, we announce the passing of Charles Wayne Lyman, age 75, on Tuesday, the 17th of November 2020. Beloved husband and partner of Ginny Lyman; devoted father of Ashley Lyman Rosset, Christopher Lyman, and Matthew Lyman; admired father-in-law to Aubray Lyman, April Lyman and Pier Rosset; cherished grandfather of Tully and Charles Lyman, Lake Lyman, and Luca Rosset.

Charlie was born in 1945 in Arkadelphia, AR, and after graduating from the University of Arkansas, he and Ginny moved to Houston, where he attended law school at the University of Houston. Additionally, he served our Nation as an officer in the United States Army in Vietnam.

Upon returning home from the army, Charlie practiced law in his adopted hometown of Houston, for over 50 years. He tried his first lawsuit to a jury verdict two weeks after going to work for the firm (then known as Talbert, Gissel & Stone) in 1972. Since that time, he had tried over 200 cases to verdict.

Charlie’s practice focused on representations of individuals, and companies, large and small, in construction-related litigation, products liability medical device litigation, professional-malpractice claims, premises-liability cases, personal-injury matters, plant-explosion cases, catastrophic industrial accident cases, as well as all other types of civil litigation. He was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for more than thirty years.

With his keen wit, endless work ethic and caring heart, Charlie led a remarkable life. Charlie will be deeply missed by his family and friends, and will always be remembered for his integrity, generosity and loyalty.

A private burial will take place for the family at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, please feel free to make memorial contributions in Charlie’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to the American Heart Association, 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Amy Goforth Lary

December 3, 2020

So many childhood memories of playing at each others' homes. And the Christmas Eves together! Thankful for the long friendship between Charlie and my dad. May he rest in peace.

Jane Ferrill Colclasure

November 24, 2020

Dear Ginny, I’m sorry to hear of your loss of Charlie. I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Joy Benson-Miceli

November 23, 2020

Dear Ginny & family -- I am so so sorry for your loss. I came to work at Talbert Giessel & Stone in 1974, 25 years old and my first legal job. I worked for Mr. Giessel and Jim Barker. Charlie was so smart, worked hard, but along the way he made everyone feel included. Over the last couple of days, Jan Bond Kast and I have spent a lot of time reminiscing about Charlie stories. Working was fun with Charlie there. During football season, he might be calling hogs with his Arkansas hat on. Just thinking of him makes me smile. In addition to being a great attorney and family man, Charlie was just a wonderful, witty guy that everyone should be so lucky to know and have in their life. Ginny, prayers surround you and your family.

Best regards, Joy Benson Miceli

Otway Denny

November 23, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Charlie passing. He was a good friend. We had many great times over the years practicing law, trying cases and enjoying each other’s company. Bonnie and I truly enjoyed our times with Ginny and Charlie. Our condolences to the entire family.

Jan Bond-Kast

November 23, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. I moved to Houston in 1975, I was 25 years old and knew one person in Houston. I answered a newspaper ad for a legal secretary and was hired at Talbert, Giessel and Stone. I was assigned to a desk working for Charlie and Denton Ragland. Charlie was a kind and fun person to work for. All these years later, Joy (Benson) Miceli and I spent a day remembering all the fun we had as young people. It's so nice to remember someone so fondly. Rest in peace, Charles W. Lyman.

Larry Funderburk

November 22, 2020

I was saddened to learn of Charlie's death. He was a great friend, and a great lawyer. We tried several cases together, and several against each other. Win or lose, he was always gracious, kind, and good-natured. He was always a gentleman and was honest and straightforward in all his dealings. He was highly thought of in his profession, and certainly made his mark upon the legal profession and the trial Bar. The profession needs more trial lawyers like him. He will be greatly missed.

Mike Griffin

November 22, 2020

I was very lucky to work for GSB&L when I graduated from law school. I learned how to be a trial lawyer there and I learned a lot of that from Charlie. A great lawyer and an even better person.

Lynda Burchett

November 22, 2020

Condolences to the family. I tried my first jury trial against Charlie in '76 or'77. Can't recall which, but after he soundly beat me, he took the time to explain why. Challenged each other over the years, but you could always count on him to be honest and forthright with a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

harold Eisenman

November 22, 2020

Charlie was a friend and honorable opponent to me in several cases we had together. I always admired his integrity, ability and warmth. Once he and I shared the “honor” of being the subjects of an opinion by a disgraced judge. It’s a long story but we had many a chuckle about it over the years as it made us very minor celebrities in the legal world. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Wade Quinn

November 22, 2020

I was fortunate to work with Charlie for over 20 years as a law clerk, associate, and later as his law partner. He was our firm’s managing partner through most of those years. Not only a world-class courtroom lawyer, he was a world-class leader. A wonderful story-teller, he was funny, engaging and bright. Like many others, I will miss his friendship and good humor. Wishing Ginny, Ashley, Chris and Matt peace and love.


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