Violette Elliott Lyle

September 28, 1928June 7, 2018
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Mrs. Violette Olene Elliott Lyle, 89, of Auburn, GA died June 7th, 2018.

Mrs. Lyle was born on September 28th, 1928 to the late J.O. Elliott and Thelma Allen Elliott. She was a graduate of Winder High School in 1944 and a lifelong member of Harmony Grove United Methodist Church.

She served in the Auburn, GA Post Office for 38 years, 13 of those as Postmaster. She also devoted much of her life to church and community service. She was a member of the Barrow County Historical Society, Welfare Board and member of The Order Of The Eastern Star for 64 years. She served Harmony Grove as pianist, organist, Sunday School Teacher, choir member and President of the United Methodist Women. For these and many other activities, she was presented with the Community Pillar Award for the City of Auburn, 2017.

Though she contributed greatly to her community, her greatest legacy lies in the hearts and minds of her children.

Mrs. Lyle was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John David, Sr. her daughter, Jody Lyle and grandson David Austin Durden.

She is survived by her children Connie Lyle and John O’Brien of Lithonia, GA; Vicki and Buddy Walker of Tifton, GA; Beth and Ronnie Magness of Winder, GA; Jill Lyle Deal of Auburn, GA; Marisa and Randy Durden of Stone Mountain, GA; Amy and Reg Bishoff of Winder, GA; and David and Jackie Lyle of Winder, GA; grandchildren Sean and Lenore O’Brien, Kevin and Mary O’Brien, Brittany Berkman and Max Brown, Amy and Jelks Warren, Kip and Morgan Walker, Grant and Rachel Magness, Garth and Danielle Magness, Jordan and Leigh Ellen Magness, Nathan Deal, Creighton and Thomas Adams, Rachel and Amanda Deal, Gabrielle and Chris Coffee, John Andrew Durden, Whitney, Colin and Morgan Bishoff, Marie, John D., and Jacob Lyle; 25 great-grandchildren; sister Rose Watson and brother-in-law Bill Watson; niece Stephanie Watson; and nephew Bill (Tiger) Watson.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be Sunday, June 10th at 2:00 PM in the Smith Memory Chapel, 755 Atlanta Hwy. SE Winder, GA 30680, with Rev. Brock Burnett officiating. Interment will be at Harmony Grove Cemetery, 1385 Harmony Grove Church Rd, Auburn, GA 30011.

The family has respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mrs. Lyle’s name to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, 1405 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Marilyn Wilson

June 10, 2018

Dear Connie and John,
Sending love and sympathy to you and your family. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. Violette Lyle was a Pillar To Her Community, Connie you are truly your mother's daughter. Love and Light, Marilyn Wilson

Susan Owen

June 10, 2018

I love you all so much. Your family inspires us and your Mother is a beacon of light. She has the beauty that is eternal, the gift of counsel which gives comfort to so many. She was one of the strong Southern women from whom we saw grace personified; an example of a life so well lived, that we bask in her light and are grateful always for her influence on our lives. May God comfort you and hold you in His arms so warmly that you always feel her presence, and smile as you are reminded of the wonderful legacy you cherish.

Bruce Uditsky

June 10, 2018

Dear Connie and John, just wanted to express, to you and your family, my sincere condolences and those of all of us at Inclusion Alberta. With sympathy, Bruce

Katherine Bray

June 10, 2018

I never actually met Violette but we kept in touch several years ago because of a cousin connection Amy Parker whose mother was Beulah Elliott. As a child I visited in Auburn my grandmother to her sister Sadie Freeman so we had some common e-mails and also my great grandmother Parker was a Lyle so there was a family connection. Sorry for your loss but I am 93 so we have lived a long time. Prays for this family.

Delores Gaddis

June 8, 2018

I remember singing in the choir with Violette many years, a great alto singer, also remembering she, Betty Smith and I singing on the radio station in Winder years ago. We always met at her house to practice, and she or J. D. would have to come out to restrain the dogs before we got out. We were always so welcomed. I was in the choir with most of her children at one point. She was the most soft spoken person, never seemed to get upset. She was a perfect Southern lady. She will be missed by so many and especially by my extended family, Love to the family, her children and sister Rose. May God comfort each one, we certainly know where she is and one day a happy reunion we will all have.

Linda Pendergrass

June 8, 2018

When I remember Violette, I remember a dedicated church member and musician. I believe she was still playing the organ for church at age 80! I remember little stair-steps girls dressed in matching Easter dresses. I remember a strong, wise woman who set high standards for herself and her children. I remember her beautiful smile. I remember her rocking a grandchild to sleep on her screened porch. I remember her as a good friend to my parents while they were still alive. I remember a model citizen who knew just about everyone in town because of working at the post office. I remember a woman who could express her opinion about matters without losing her cool. I remember hers as a life well-lived, an example for all of us.