Don B. Lyles
Dec 12, 2019 10:31AM
Don B. Lyles, 81, passed away at The Robin Johnson Hospice House on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Don was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church of Cherryville for over 50 years. At First Baptist Don taught Sunday School and participated in church league softball as a player and as a coach. Don is the former owner and operator of College Building Supply in Dallas.
Before that he was the plant manager of Howell Manufacturing and Burlington, both in Cherryville. Don
enjoyed golf and traveling. He has been going to Myrtle Beach for his full 81 years. His family remembers family reunions every Thanksgiving often hosting 60 – 90 people. Don will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Don was born in Lancaster, S.C., and is the son of the late Loma (Tolbert) and Frontus Lyles. His brother, Cecil “Miles” Lyles, preceded Don in death.
Left to carry on Don’s legacy and to cherish his memory are his wife, and childhood sweetheart, Margo (Powell) Lyles. Don leaves behind four children: Tammy Eaker and husband, Bob; Rick Lyles and wife, Alison; Tracy Lyles and close friend, Julie Hovis; and Robin Lyles and wife, Ashley. Missing their grandfather are: Stacey Pendry and husband, Brandon; Erica Denney and husband, Tyler; Jordan Lyles and girlfriend, Morgan Duncan; Cameron Lyles, Marty Eaker and wife, Laura; Michelle Miller and husband, Scott; Kimberely Hunter and husband, Dallas; Chelsea Robson and fiancé, Yoav; and Pamela Robson. Don leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren: Emerson Pendry; Tate Pendry; Brooks Denney; Ella Grace Lyles; Megan Wilson and husband, Dustin; Kaitlyn Eaker; Alyson Eaker; Tobias Miller; Ava Miller; and Quinn Hunter. Don leaves behind his brothers, Martin “Junior” Lyles, Gary Lyles, David Lyles, and “adopted” sister, Carolyn Braswell. Also grieving the loss of Don are many cousins and other extended family members.
A celebration of Don’s life was held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church – Cherryville, 301 East 1st St., Cherryville, N.C.
Burial followed in the Garden of Prayer at Gaston Memorial Park in Gastonia. Pastor Vince Hefner
offered words of encouragement and hope to family and friends that gathered to remember Don.
The family received friends before the service at 12 noon, that Monday.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Don’s name to Gaston County Hospice/Robin Johnson Hospice House, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C., 28054, or First Baptist Church – Cherryville, 301 East 1st St., Cherryville, N.C., 28021, or The Alzheimer’s
Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL, 60601, or www.alz.org.
Fond memories of Don and condolences for the family may be left at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.
The staff at Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park was honored to serve the Lyles family.