Tech. Sgt. Vance Alfred Lyles, Sr. 1958 - 2006

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Julie Briden-Garcia
  • 301st Fighter Wing
Tech. Sgt. Lyles, Sr., 47, passed away Sept. 13, 2006, at his home. He's now laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. 

Sergeant Lyles was born in New Orleans, La., and graduated from George Washington Carver High School and Xavier University with a bachelor's degree in business and music. He served honorably in the United States Navy, Air Force and lastly as an Air Force Reserve jet engine mechanic here in the 301st Maintenance Squadron. 

Sergeant Lyles originally joined the 301st Fighter Wing back in May 1987. He left us briefly for a year to work at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. Then, he returned for his final assignment here in April 2005. 

He loved making people happy whether it was during or after work hours. A fun-loving guy and an entertainer at heart, Sergeant Lyles enjoyed music, especially karaoke, and was known as "Mr. Motown" by his many friends and comrades. He never met a stranger and loved doing for others. The word 'no' was simply not in his vocabulary. 

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Sergeant Lyles remember him as always having a song on his lips and a big smile on his face wherever he went in life. May he join the choir of angels in song for eternity. God bless you Vance!
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