John Denzil Lyons, 88, of Parkersburg, passed away June 11, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center.
He was born July 25, 1924, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Rev. James M. and Hazel Smith Lyons. Dennie was a 1942 graduate of PHS and had served in the U.S. Army 17th Airborne Division as a Paratrooper. He was employed at Electro Met in Marietta for 25 years as shift foreman in the Chrome Department, retiring in 1986. Following his retirement, he worked at Dudley's Florist as a delivery man for 10 years, a job he loved and enjoyed meeting new people. Dennie was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the Fort Neal Kiwanis Club and the United Methodist Men. He enjoyed hunting, traveling (all 50 states, the Holy Land and Europe), was active with the Local Honey Festival, loved the "Florida Boys" Quartet and was a Cincinnati Reds Fan.
Surviving are his wife, Margie L. Whited Lyons; one daughter, Linda Lyons (Steve) Mahaffey of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Julia (J.R.) Maloney of Parkersburg, Kevin (Sarah) Mahaffey of Parkersburg and Kristi Mahaffey (Joe) Benbow of Chambersburg, Pa.; and four great-grandchildren, Matthew Maloney, Lauren Maloney, Lauren Benbow and Ryan Benbow, with one expected in September, Elijah Mahaffey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Buddy Lyons, and his son, Dr. John David Lyons in 1999.
The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 5th Street, Parkersburg. The Rev. Robert Riffle and Pastor Dave Stilgenbauer will officiate and burial will follow at the Evergreen South Cemetery with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #15. The visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, and an hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.kimesfh.com