Richard Neil Lyons, 76, of Gainesville, Texas was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
Richard was born on July 10, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to Oscar Ray and Loetha (Jones) Lyons.
He is survived by his wife, Andi; sons, Scott and Chris; daughter-in-law, Jeri Ann; grandchildren, Haley, Trevor, Kristina, Austin, Matthew and Olivia; great-grandchildren, LaiKynn,Teagan, Kristopher, Liam and Luna; and sister, Donna.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Loetha and brother, Allan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 424 Main St., Lindsay, TX 76250.
Pallbearers will be Austin, Matthew, Trevor and Zac.
Graveside services honoring Richard will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, August 10, 2020, officiated by Father Matthew Tatyrek. No formal visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Meador Funeral Home of Whitesboro.
My Dad is the greatest man I’ve ever known and my hero. The best father a son could ask for, he taught me how to be a man but compassionate. I love you Dad and I will miss you everyday until we are reunited in heaven.
Memory Tidbits of a true Southern gentleman……..my brother-in-law Richard…
Golden Cadillacs (the sisters know about these!)
“did you hear the one about” (you knew a joke was coming)
Riding the “Z-mower” with a Coors in hand
Coffee on the porch in the morning and talking about what needs to be done for the day
Making Sunday breakfast for 30 even though there were only 6 of us eating
Pecan coated catfish
His soft chuckle
Coming home from work and hearing him yell “ Girls!” and the cows would come running from the pasture to the trough filled with feed
His beautiful floral arrangements that never needed watering
But, my most favorite memory tidbit is this…
Watching Andi and Richard holding hands walking into church,the Walmart, Tom Thumb or just walking back to the car. One day Richard will reach out his hand to you Andi to join him in eternal happiness. Until then my sweet twin be strong.
I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a great man, I enjoyed my time working for him at Lyons Car Care and helping clear the land your parents bought.
Prayers for him and your family
Joe and I will miss you dear brother. Please know that your lovely wife, our sister, will be loved and cared for. Please pray for us now that you are one of God’s angels.
I sure miss you, honey! I chose this pic of you because of your smile and the memories of our earlier years together that were so full of happiness, joy, and love. The good news was that it remained that way for 48+ plus years. Keep the light on for me and I’ll see you when God gives the go-ahead. I love you forever. ❤️
I am sorry to hear of Richards passing. He was a very nice man, I enjoyed working for y’all at Lyons Car Care and helping to clear your land many summers ago.
Prayers for him and your family
Rest in peace My dear long time friend –
I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathies during this most difficult time and the days ahead.
My thoughts and prayers are with you All ❤
This was so sad to hear. Please know I’m here for you Andi. Remembering all the fun trips we all took, the laughter we shared and fun times. What a wonderful full life and he will be missed.
We are sending love and light to you all and continue to keep you in our prayers. XoXo
Andi, Please accept out condolences on the loss of Richard.
I know he will be greatly missed by the boys and all the family,
May God bless you all at this time.
Richard, I will miss you brother. You were a great friend. We had great times together on the golf course, on family vacations and at your place. You are a fine man and it was my honor to be your friend. See you on the other side – I’ll bring the MacAllens 18.
May God give you the strength to say farewell to the love of your life. He’s never far from you as he will always be in your heart and mind. You will cry at his loss but smile at the beautiful memories you have shared in your life together.
As most of you know, words come easily for me.
But I have been struggling with what to say here and now, because there are no words to express my sorrow. Richard was not just a brother-in-law; Richard was my brother, my mentor, and my savior.
I had just turned 16 when my parents shuttled me off to Plano to live with Richard and Andi so that I could start my junior year at Plano Sr. High School. I was angry and hurt at being uprooted from my Ohio friends and home to start a new school thousands of miles away, yet they welcomed an extremely withdrawn teenager into their home with open arms and hearts.
And while the initial road was rocky, it was not long before Richard coaxed me out of my shell, and for the first time in my life, I felt I was part of something special. He was a protector, a friend, and a person that I loved and trusted from that day forward. The love that Richard and Andi shared was something I only dreamed of, but through them, I knew it was possible; IS possible.
Richard was instrumental in forming the person that I am today, and I am so thankful to have had him in my life. It was an honor, a privilege, and a blessing to know Richard, and I will always hold a special place for him in my heart.