Paul Lyons, 1926-2015

Paul Lyons

Paul Lyons

The Rev. Paul Leroy Lyons, 88, of Hope, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

He was born May 12, 1926 in Vinton, La., to Clarence Leonard Lyons and Nora Aldredge Lyons.

A World War II veteran with honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy and a retired elder of the Little Rock Conference of the United Methodist Church, he pastored many congregations in southern Arkansas. He graduated from Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, Fla., William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He also pastored Baptist churches in Florida, Mississippi and Texas. He taught school at Brown Elementary in Hope, Ark., in the 1970s. Paul was the general contractor and designer of “Grandpa’s Place” (a Gospel music park south of Hope in the Patmos community). This was accomplished with the help of many Patmos community volunteers.

His favorite scripture passage was Proverbs 3: 5-6. He called it a “Prescription for Success”: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Mary Darleen Lyons; one son, Danny Lyons; one brother, Clarence L. Lyons, Jr; and sisters Marjorie Hoyt, Martha Melancon and Joyce Lyons.

Lyons is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Howard and her husband, Bruce, of Hot Springs; one son, Steve Lyons of Hope; and one sister, Mary Alice Johnnie of Orange, Texas; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of cherished family members, church families and friends and his loving adopted family of the Heather Manor Nursing Home in Hope, who certainly went above and beyond the call of duty in providing care and compassion.

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the Hinton United Methodist Church in Patmos, Ark. Interment followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hope.

The family wishes memorials to be made to “Grandpa’s Place,” 1489 Highway 355 East, Hope, AR 71801.