Valdosta Daily Times


October 2, 2013

Herman O. Lyle Sr.

VALDOSTA — Herman O. Lyle Sr., 88, of Tifton died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 2, 2013, in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. The Rev. Douglas Reddick will officiate. Entombment to follow at 5 p.m., today, Oct. 2 in Riverview Memorial Gardens in Valdosta. The family received friends Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Born to Hugh Freeman Lyle and Leila Dial Lyle on Oct. 24, 1924, in Watkinsville, Mr. Lyle was the oldest of four children. Mr. Lyle served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. In 1952, he graduated law school and joined the FBI as a Special Agent. He was a registered member of the Georgia Bar for 61 years. He married his loving wife, Sally Ammons Lyle, on Aug. 1, 1947, and they lived together in the Midwest until relocating to Georgia in 1974. He was an active member of the New River Baptist Church and a passionate sports enthusiast. Mr. Lyle also held membership in the American Legion, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Mr. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Ashe.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Ammons Lyle of Tifton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Herman O. Lyle Jr. and wife Valerie of Marion, Ill., James C. Lyle and wife Beverly of Mandeville, La.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Lyle Keeley and husband James of Jacksonville, Fla., Jan Stinson and husband Bobby of Tifton; two sisters, Shirley Higgins of Atlanta and Geraldine Mathis of Athens; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his caregiver and special family friend, Brenda Moorman.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at — Services for the Lyle family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals, Tifton.

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