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James "Buddy" Wallace Lyles

March 22, 1932 — October 6, 2020

James “Buddy” Lyles, 88, a lifelong resident of Cleveland passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at his home.  He loved fishing, camping, hunting, golfing, and was a huge Tennessee Volunteer’s fan.  He was a retiree of the U.S. Army with over 22 years of service, and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He had also worked as a machinist at Magic Chef/Magtag and retired with 20 plus years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Lyles; parents, Ernest Lyles and Ethel Mantooth; son, James Lyles; siblings, Samuel Lyles, Evelyn Willett, and Nadine Conner.

He is survived by his children, Teresa Harper and husband James, David Lyles and wife, Valerie, all of Cleveland; grandchildren, Millicent Tate, Danielle Lyles, and Sarah Lyles; great-grandchildren, Sierra Tate, Will “Mr.” Tate, and soon to join, Ryland James Lyles; sister, Edith “Tootsie” Poe, all of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews also survived.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020 in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Ron Derrick officiating.  Interment will follow at Decatur Cemetery with full military honors, a white dove release ceremony, and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  

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Service Schedule

Past Services

A Gathering of Friends

Sunday, October 11, 2020

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Monday, October 12, 2020

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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