Gene Edwin Lyles, age 80, of Keysville, VA went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 30, 2023, in the comfort of his home, while his loving wife, Liz, miraculously made it to be by his side as he took his last breath. Gene and Liz were married for over 50 years. As they faced each other’s health situations together, Gene never left Liz’s side. Before he lost his strength, you could find them at the table always sharing a meal together. Gene was always making sure Liz knew he was there by kissing her on her forehead or holding her hand. They were an example of endlessly lasting love, loving one another until he took his last breath. He was born on December 16, 1942. He was the son of the late Arthur E. Lyles and Annie Reamer Lyles of Keysville, Va.

Gene worked at Weavexx for many years. He made many accomplishments in life, one of the most exceptional being that he gave his life to the Lord and was ordained on April 11, 2021. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Gene took pride in his interest in his ham radios.

He leaves behind his devoted wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Leatherwood Lyles, daughter, Sherry Lyles Marker (Daniel), four grandchildren; Stephanie Nelson Ingram (Aaron), Mikaela Nelson Wade (Patrick), Elizabeth Marker Jackson (Chris), Mary Katherine Marker, and eight great-grandchildren; Abigale Grace, Alexis Leanna, Adriana Noelle, Avarie Faith, Adalie May, Aubrey Caroline, Bryce Thomas, and Declan Andrew, all who his face would immediately light the room up with. Also surviving are his siblings; Frank Lyles, Rosa Bailey, and Judy Cliborne. Gene also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in passing by his beautiful daughter, Angie Lyles Nelson (Joe). The family finds comfort in knowing they are finally reunited with each other.

The family wishes to say a special thank you to Julie Duffey for her undevoted time of six years for sticking by his side and giving him the best care possible.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 2nd from 9 a.m until 5 p.m at Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, 110 H St. Keysville, Va, the family will be here from 1 to 4 p.m. to receive friends. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 3rd at Ash Camp Memorial Cemetery, 8687 Church Street in Keysville, VA. Those who wish to remember Gene in a special way can make donations to Meherrin Vol. Fire Department. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is in charge of arrangements.


Condolence Messages

  1. Wanda Brown

    30 March 2023 1 year ago

    It was a honor to have known Mr. Lyles and he will truly be missed. Hugs and prayers for the family…

  2. Nola Felker

    31 March 2023 1 year ago

    Gene was one of a kind and will be missed. Sending love and hugs! He was a sweetheart.

  3. Tammy Foster

    31 March 2023 1 year ago

    It was a wonderful honor to know Gene. He and my dad were good friends. When my dad was very sick in the Veterans Care Center he came to visit him a few times. They talked on the phone a lot. RIP Mr. Lyles I know your having a great time talking with my dad again. Prayers for Liz, Sherry and family. Love you all, ❤️

  4. Karen

    31 March 2023 1 year ago

    I’m very sorry your loss. Praying for you and your family at this time.

  5. Walter Reamer JR

    31 March 2023 1 year ago

    Gene was a great man and a great 1st cousin I know he will be missed prayers for his family

  6. Cheryl Whirley

    31 March 2023 1 year ago

    Prayers for God’s comfort and peace.

  7. Danny Scott

    01 April 2023 1 year ago

    Sorry for your loss Sherry.

  8. Terry Clarke

    01 April 2023 1 year ago

    I was very sorry to hear about the loss of Gene. I first met Gene when he enrolled in some technical classes at SVCC. He soon became an excellent student and a great friend. His desire to learn was overwhelming. I admired Gene as did his fellow students. Gene was always ready to offer help to everyone without reservation. He was a kind and genuine person. God Bless his family and friends during this time of hardship. Gene will be sorely missed by all who knew him. It was an honor and a privilege to have known Gene Lyles.

  9. Patsy

    04 April 2023 1 year ago

    Rest in peace, Gene! Prayers to the family of my sweet cousin.

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