Gary V. Lyons

Born in Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada on April 12, 1939

Departed on February 17, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Capt. Gary V. Lyons, U.S. Navy, Retired, age 79 passed away on February 17, 2019. Gary was born on April 12, 1939 in Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada to the late Paul H. Lyons and the late Vivian L. Amos Lyons. Born and raised in Canada, Gary immigrated to the United States in 1963 with his wife and family to further his education. He received his undergraduate degree from Olivet Nazarene University and his graduate degrees from Michigan State University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. After college he was ordained as a United Methodist Minister. He became a United States Citizen in 1975 and joined the United States Navy in 1976. Gary served in the Navy’s Chaplain Corps and retired in 1996 at the rank of Captain with 20 years of service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his great-grandchild, Andrew McReynolds and son-in-law, Jesse Keith McReynolds. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Claire Lyons; children, Deborah Carman (Harold), Denise Blumenthal (Bill) and Darin Lyons (Andrea); grandchildren, Ben Blumenthal (Taylor), Blake Blumenthal (Kim), Tyler Blumenthal, Amanda McReynolds (Chris), Garrett McReynolds (Juana), Danielle Alexander (Garrett), and Anna Lyons; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Blumenthal, Kennadie Blumenthal, Braxton Blumenthal, Bryce Catherine Blumenthal, and Amaris McReynolds; and his brother, Kirk Lyons. Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, February 20th at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Crestview Funeral Home. Entombment with Military Honors will follow in the Sumner Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with his grandsons serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 4-8 P.M. and Wednesday from 12:00 P.M. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International. Arrangements Entrusted To: Crestview Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 1623 Highway 109 North, Gallatin, Phone: (615)452-1943, Obituary Line: (615)452-7589

11 Comments to Mr. Gary V. Lyons

  1. Michael Parent
    February 18, 2019 10:54 pm

    I always had fond memories of Uncle Gary growing up, from being completely solid during a tornado at the fairgrounds in Michigan, to going for a jog with me in Corpus Christie to sitting on stage with him at the Grand ol Oprey. Uncle Gary was always bigger than life to me, I have never known or likely to know a gentle man as fine as he. One of my earliest memories was visiting you guys in Michigan and Debbie and Denise allowed me to watch the Excorcist with them, I think I was 6, I was so scared, but Uncle Gary talked to me, completely putting me at ease. He was a Great Councilor, I joined the Navy because of him and settled a career in the Merchant Marine as well. He was the type of man that had impacts on others. I am proud to have known him. My Deepest Condolences to Aunt Claire, Debbie, Denise and Darin and all the Grand Children.

  2. Kirk P. Lyons
    February 19, 2019 1:03 pm

    I am so sadden by the lose of my one and only brother. He is now in heaven with Mon & Dad. Even though he left home when I started school, we were very close and I will miss him terirbly. It was always great to visit him and Claire and my two nieces and nephew all through the years as well as when they came back to Doaktown. I have a very deep empty space in heart now and it is so tough to say goodbye. I will always love you and cherish you as my big brother. God bless you all.

    Love Always,


  3. George W. H.
    February 19, 2019 1:46 pm

    On behalf of the Worthington Lyons family, Utica, Michigan: Cousins, Everett Hector Lyons and George Worthington Hart Lyons wish to send our heart felt sadness to Cousin, Clair and Family.

    • Denise Blumenthal
      March 1, 2019 3:35 pm

      Thank you do much. Dad had a fight with blood cancer and his heart could not keep up.
      Denise Lyons Blumenthal

  4. Mary Lou
    February 19, 2019 7:33 pm

    Gary was a kind and caring man who impacted all whose lives he touched. We will miss him dearly and hold our memories close to our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to you, Aunt Claire, and all of your beautiful family.
    Terry & Mary Lou

  5. Lisa Amos
    February 19, 2019 8:55 pm

    My condolences to Claire and all of Garys family. Although I barely knew Gary, my dad Cleve always spoke highly of him May he rest in Peace

    Lisa Amos

    February 20, 2019 10:28 am


  7. rob, bev & julie amos
    February 21, 2019 10:28 am

    We had the opportunity to spend a wonderful day with Gary in Nashville 3 years ago. Gary took us to see some sights in Nashville including the Grand Old Opray. We all did the tour and got to sing together on the stage of the Grand Old Opray. You are My Sunshine. Will hold this memory of Gary in our hearts . Thinking of all Gary’s family at this time of loss. hold onto the memories.

  8. Bev Gaston
    February 21, 2019 1:05 pm

    Rest In Peace Gary, always visited our family when he came to Doaktown.
    Always played a few tunes with my brother Ronnie. Prayers for his family.
    Go rest high on that mountain, Gary your work on earth is done, go to heaven a shouting .

  9. Roger Clowater
    March 2, 2019 8:34 am

    My condolences to you Kirk and your family.

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