Edward H. "Eddie"
Lyons, 85, of Clemmons, NC passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2009 at
Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was
born in Winston-Salem on May 12, 1923 to the late James and Celeste
Eddie was a lifelong member of Christ Moravian Church. During his life,
Eddie, a 32nd degree Mason, was also a member of the Shrine & the
Elks, and loved to fish and play golf.
Eddie had a lifetime career with Major League Baseball. He signed a
contract out of RJ Reynolds High School when he was 17 with the former
Washington Senators. His baseball career was interrupted when he joined
the U. S. Navy during WWII.
After the war, Eddie played and managed for the Senators, Boston Red
Sox, and the St. Louis Cardinals organizations. Later, he became a scout
for the St. Louis Cardinals for 22 years which included two World Series
Championships. In 1976, Eddie became the third base coach for the Minnesota
After a leg injury ended his coaching, he then began advance scouting
the Major League Teams, finishing his career with the Chicago Cubs in
1995. Eddie was honored to be inducted into the Winston-Salem Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1998.
He was preceeded in death by his wife of 55 years, Donna Sapp Lyons,
his brothers, Fuzzy, Jack, and Bobby Lyons, and his sister Eloise Truelove.
He is survived by his children Rita Lyons Disher (Rick), Mickey Lyons
(Jenny), and Robbyn Lyons (Brooks), 3 grandsons, Matthew (Shannon),
Scott (Melinda) and Andrew (Kathi); 3 great-grandsons; 3 great-granddaughters
and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Hayworth Miller Funeral Home on Silas
Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem on January 27, 2009 between 6 p.m. and
8 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Christ Moravian Church
at 11a.m. on January 28, 2009 by Dr. Neil Routh with burial following
at God' s Acre in Old Salem. Memorials can be made to Christ Moravian
Church, 919 W. Academy St., W-S, NC, 27101 or the Kate B.Reynolds Hospice
Home, 101 Hospice Lane, W-S, NC 27103.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Shannon and Antwan
for their help in caring for Eddie during his declining health.
Thanks also to the staff of Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home for their
compassionate treatment of Eddie and his family at the end of his journey.