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Reverend John Sprole Lyons II

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 27, 2010 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Reverend John Sprole Lyons II, 69, passed away February 23, 2010 in Durham, NC. Born in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1940, he was the son of the late William Wallace Lyons and Alice Whipple Lyons. Sprole, as he was known to family and friends, graduated from North Fulton High; attended Georgia Tech; and graduated from Georgia State College in 1966. Sprole married the late Florence Darnell Lyons on December 21, 1968 and graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA in 1970.

Sprole worked for a brief time as a radio announcer in Carrollton, GA before serving Presbyterian churches in Darien, GA; Johnson City, TN; Princeton, KY; Whiteville, NC; and Parkersburg, WV. More recently, he lived in Atlanta and then spent the last 7 years in Durham, NC, near his daughter. He frequently attended First Presbyterian Church in Durham.

He served many positions at the Presbytery and Synod levels. Following the examples of his uncle and grandfather, both were named J. Sprole Lyons. He also served in a variety of community activities, and had a passion for photography and cameras, old and new.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Alicia Lyons of Durham; son, Jonathan Sprole Lyons of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Sarah Lyons; brother, Bill Lyons, both of Atlanta; and two grandchildren, Kathryn Bryn Lyons and Audrey Claire Lyons.

A memorial service will be offered 2:00 PM on March 27, 2010 from First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609, in loving memory of his wife, Florence Lyons.

The Lyons family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials may be made to www.hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries


Condolences for the family of “Reverend John Sprole Lyons II”

Condolence from Dave and Janine Whipkey on March 7th, 2010 12:00 am

We remember with fondness the time Sprole spent as Pastor of Beechwood Presbyterian Church. Our love and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Ed Campbell on March 8th, 2010 12:00 am

Mary Alicia and Jonathan ..

Please accept the condolences of the Session of First Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, in the passing of your father. I remember your dad as a very kind and compassionate man who very much loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I also have a remembrance of a more personal nature .. the Sunday my wife joined First Church. Dr. Ferguson Wood, our Senior Pastor, had died rather unexpectedly while Sprole was serving as our associate pastor. My wife appeared before the Session prior to the worship service to state her profession of faith and be received into membership. Sprole was serving as Moderator of the Session. After she made her statement your dad said she would be coming by “transfer of letter” .. which she wasn’t doing as she was actually leaving the Catholic church and the Catholic church doesn’t “transfer” anyone to a protestant denomination. Well, when my wife corrected Sprole and explained the reason your dad broke out in a cold sweat. My wife was scared to death he was going to pass out. Your dad regained his composure and things went smoothly from that point forward.

Your dad is now surely a ‘Witness to the Resurrection’. I urge you to allow the love Sprole had for each of you to fill the void in your lives created by his passing.

Serving the Risen Savior,
Ed Campbell
Clerk of Session
First Presbyterian Church
Johnson City, Tennessee

Condolence from Darrell & Margaret Gammon on March 8th, 2010 12:00 am

Dear Mary Alicia and Jonathan:

We were very sorry to hear about Sprole’s passing. Not only was he our pastor here in Princeton, but he was also a good friend. We especially remember how fond he was of any kind of electronic gadget! He was particularly special to us as he was the one who performed our marriage ceremony 28 years ago at Central Presbyterian in Princeton.

We are glad we got the chance to visit with him in Durham before we left North Carolina to return to Kentucky. We know he missed your mom terribly over the years, and hope we can all derive comfort that they are both now with God.

With warm regards,
Margaret & Darrell Gammon

Condolence from Michael Roby on March 9th, 2010 12:00 am

Sprole was my pastor and my friend in Princeton, KY. He was a good man, a kind man. Sprole smiled a lot and loved his family, his Church, and his God. While I am saddened at his passing I am grateful for the short time I knew him, and give thanks for our short time together. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Condolence from Mollie Boyd on March 11th, 2010 12:00 am

My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your father. I have many fond memories of your family while you lived in Princeton. Mollie Boyd

Condolence from Mrs. Roberson on March 13th, 2010 12:00 am

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one. May the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 bring comfort to you.

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