Sherick Andri Jovan

March 8, 1951March 6, 2012

Sherick Andri Jovan, born ‘Glenn Alan Lyons’; but known by everyone as “Butch”, born to Charles and Irene Lyons, on March 8, 1951, in Fort Riley, Kansas. He was the fifth son of nine children. Butch was loved and cherished by all who knew him. For over forty years Butch devoted his life as a writer, poet, motivational speaker, civil rights activist, a graphics design artist and photographer. Butch unselfishly donated this time, and talent to a number of organizations, benefits, charities and civic groups nationwide. As an advocate for civil rights and equality, he began speaking out against injustice, racism and segregation during the late 60’s within his community. During the 70’s he actively began writing and expressing himself about life experiences through his poetry and as a storyteller; he taught and spoke out on issues of civil/human rights and justice for all. In July 2004, he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement where his name was placed on the “Wall of Tolerance” in Montgomery, Alabama, presented by Ms. Rosa Parks, Co-founder , National Campaign for Tolerance, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This notable tribute was in appreciation for his community service while in Atlanta, Georgia. Butch served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1972-1991; and later entered the federal government working in an array of technical, human relations, community research and EEO advisory positions until his retirement in March 2006. During his military tour, federal service duty and private life, he traveled extensively across the country and around the world. Butch was preceded in death by his mother Irene Lyons; father Charles W. Lyons and two brothers Dale E. Lyons and Verne A. Lyons; and his sister Lisa C. Lyons. He leaves to cherish his memory, three loving daughters Bridget Nathan Lyons, San Diego, California, Kelly D. Lyons, San Diego, California and Sikiethia I. Lyons, Kinston, North Carolina; four grandchildren Delantia Stewart, Dainera Nathan, Desean Nathan and Gabriella Lyons; brothers James W. Lyons, Fresno, California, Michael C. Lyons (Patricia), Kansas City, Missouri, Leland E. Lyons (Gwen), Los Angeles, California, Wendell K. Lyons (Sylvia), Kansas City; sister Gina R. Lyons, Kansas City; a devoted nephew Brian A. Lyons, Kansas City; nieces Tamala Lyons, Kansas City, Kansas, Tiffani Lyons McDonald, Kansas City, Missouri, Tonisha Lyons-White, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kristina D. Lyons, Samantha C. Lyons and Aisha N. Godfrey; a special granddaughter Cessena McCullars; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and dear friends. “He was giving and committed helper to others.” Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road. Condolences may be offered at Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Richard Hammond

October 26, 2012

Andri and I worked together in Atlanta. We laughed a lot together. Whenever anyone saw me alone, they always asked, "Where's Andri?" It was great to have Andri as a traveling brother for several really fun years. Enjoy your new adventures, my friend. Richard Hammond, Atlanta GA

Stan Pierson

March 14, 2012

I'll never forget the first day I met Butch almost 30 years ago - he beat me in a game of chess. That day is so clear to me because I saw what I would grow to love about him, his passionate approach to everything in his life. His passion was the source of joy, of spirited debate, of pain and of triumph through so much. I will forever feel enriched by his spirit and blessed that he was a big part of my life for so long. I am with you, dear Lyons family, as you say goodbye. While it's sad for us, heaven is a joyous place today as his parents, his brothers and his sister welcom Butch into their loving arms. May God bless you. Much love,
Stan Pierson

Tameka Lewis

March 13, 2012

Andri adopted me in 2002 when I moved to KC. He will always have a special place in my heart. My deepest condolences to the family.

March 12, 2012

May God Bless. He was an inspiration, and a friend I was fortunate to have known during the time we shared in Region 7, Kansas CIty, Ks.

Connie Conboy
Las Vegas, NV

Diane LeDesma

March 9, 2012

WOW. My mentor and idol. Andri, as I have grown to know him has been so inspirational and instrumental in who I am now. He is-was the seed that brings our future greatness. My condolences. Diane Renay LeDesma