Buella Lyon

Published 10:36 pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

Buella Lyon, who was born May 17, 1922, to Luther and Ella Hartline Lyons in Flanders just south of Fort Payne, has died.

The family moved to Allen Switch between Valley Head and Fort Payne when Buella was 1.

She accepted Christ into her heart when she was 12.

Buella graduated from Valley Head High School, where she met her first husband, Truhart, and married in 1941.

They moved to Birmingham in 1944 and were active at Lakewood Baptist Church, and Truhart was assistant music director.

Truhart died in a plane crash in 1950 in Atlanta.

Her parents and sisters, Joyce and Christine, moved to Birmingham shortly after to help care for Buella and her three boys in their beautiful new home that she and Truhart built at 540 Ridge Road.

She married Dwight Lamar Lyon in 1953. They met at Ruhama Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Buella was active as Sunday School and Bible teacher until the church closed.

She was active at South Roebuck Baptist Church for a short time before she moved to the Gardens of Clanton assisted living facility in Clanton in 2005. She lived there until moving in with her son, Lamar, and family in White City.

Her sons remember her sitting in bed at night or in her recliner surrounded by dozens of Bibles, commentaries and Bible dictionaries as she studied them until a series of strokes in 2012 made that too difficult.

She loved music of The Statler Brothers and Lawrence Welk and loved hearing her grandson, Nathan, play the piano.

She loved her family, 540 Ridge Road, fishing, the Seagrove Beach home, cross-stitching, sewing, cooking and interior decorating.

She was a caregiver for her mother for five years and a caregiver for Dwight for the last years of his life.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Truhart in 1950; her parents, Luther and Ella; a sister, Pauline; son, Samuel Arnold, in 1994; and her second husband, Dwight, in 2003.

She is survived by three sisters: Thada, Joyce (John) and Christine (Danny); three sons, Edward (Mary), Timothy (Jan) and Lamar (Glenda); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of beloved family and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 26, from 6–8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home.

Services will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at White Pond Baptist Church in Prattville with the Rev. Woody Turner officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery in Birmingham.