CALDWELL—Memorial services for Johnny Foster Lyon, 73, of Bryan will begin at 12-noon Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at the Texas Hall of Fame in Bryan. A Military buria l w ill follow at Prov idence Bapt i st C emetery. Dr. Malcolm Bane will of f iciate both ceremonies.
Mr. Lyon died Sunday, Nov. 28, in his home, surrounded by family and friends, following a year-long battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 17, 1937, in Bryan to Johnnie R. Lyon and Louise Margaret Warlick Lyon.
Mr. Lyon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1981 as a pilot. He served in Vietnam and at Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Upon his return from the Air Force, he built and opened the Texas Hall of Fame, along with lifelong friend, Paul Emola.
Mr. Lyon also worked on his father’s ranch between Snook and Caldwell.
He was a 1959 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He later attended Sam Houston State University and earned a secondary teaching Certificate.
Mr. Lyon was a life member of Sigma Chi.
He was a lifelong entertainer. With the Country Nu Notes, he made the rounds all over Texas. To learn more of the man and his music, visit www.johnnylyon. com.
Mr. Lyon was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy John Lyon; and a son, John Ross Lyon.
Survivors are his wife, Suzy Joseph Lyon; and two daughters, Terrilyn Lyon Seale and husband Todd and Amber Lyon Clowe and husband Duncan and their two children, Emerson and Parker Clowe.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church or Brazos Valley Hospice Care.