Richard Milton Lyon Sr.

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Richard Milton Lyon Sr. of Gatlinburg, TN, departed this life early Monday morning of September 9th, 2013. He was born in Daytona Beach, FL on September 25th, 1925, the son of the late Harry Hill Lyon and Nell Rhea Charles. He graduated from Daytona (Mainland) High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy‘s V5 program and was an Aviation Cadet at wars end.

Returning home to Jacksonville, FL, he began working for the Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company. He married Margaret Ann Callon on May 31st, 1946 in Jacksonville and they moved to Daytona Beach where their two sons were born; Richard M., Jr. in 1947 and Michael Callon in 1950. In 1954, Richard was appointed head to the Death Claims Department at the Home Office of Independent Life in Jacksonville. Richard and Margaret divorced in March of 1967.

Richard married Mrs. Katherine Wiggins Odom on July 13th, 1967 in Jacksonville. They had one daughter; Katherine Michele in 1968. In 1968, Richard adopted Katherine’s three children from a previous marriage; Julia Lee, Lee Wayne and Lee Charles. Richard retired from Independent Insurance having served as a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Harry H., Jr. and Wilford C., Sr. Surviving him are his sons, Richard, Jr. of Ormond Beach, FL, Michael and wife Lynn of Gatlinburg, Lee and wife Ann of Jacksonville and Chuck of Jacksonville and daughters, Julia White and Michele Casteel, both of Gatlinburg, along with five granddaughters, two grandson and two great granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Trinity Episcopal Church of Gatlinburg, 509 Historic Nature Trail Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Graveside service will be held 11AM Friday September 13th 2013, at the Tudor Cemetery. Father Charles Livermore officiating. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post #202. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home.