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September 14, 1964 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old
“Good Dr.”, as he was called by many, was born September 14, 1964, to the late Eloise W. Lyles and the late Mark Lyles. He was a 1984 graduate of Early County High School in Blakely, Georgia. He was definitely a faithful worker for Universal Blanchers, where he started on June 14, 1985. The company became Olam Edible Nuts, and he continued working until his health began to fail. McAuthor departed his earthly life on Monday, November 6, 2023, at his place of residence. Two sisters, Eloise Grace and Linda Lyles, and one brother, Johnny Grace, preceded him in death.
A man of extraordinary courage, MacArthur embraced challenges with a spirit that was both daring and determined. His tenacity was not just a trait but a beacon for all those who knew him, inspiring them to face their own struggles with unwavering bravery. As American author Mark Twain once said, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear." MacArthur embodied this quote, living a life of courage and resilience.
MacArthur's love knew no bounds. It was seen in his everyday actions, in the way he treated people, and most importantly, in the kindness that he spread. His loving nature was not just limited to his close ones, but extended to every life he touched. This made him a friend to all, someone who could light up a room with his warmth and friendliness.
To know MacArthur was to understand the true meaning of friendship. He was a friend in the deepest sense of the word, always there to lend a helping hand, share a laugh, or console in times of distress. His friendly demeanor and infectious smile made him a cherished companion to many.
In essence, MacArthur Lyles was a man who lived his life to the fullest--fearlessly, lovingly, and friendly. He was a beacon of light in our lives, and although he is no longer with us, his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us. As we remember MacArthur, let his life be a reminder that courage, love, and friendship are the true measures of a life well lived.
“Mike” leaves to cherish his loving memories one daughter, Breuncle Lyles of Blakely, GA; two sons, Darlyo Lyles and Jatavis Lyles, both of Blakely; five grands whom he loved dearly: Dreden Lyles, Tru Lyles, Cali Taylor, Jermiah Taylor, and Johlen Eaford; five sisters: Beatrice Drinkard (Richard), Martha Early (Min. Anthony Sr.), Sylvia Lyles (Earl), all of Blakely, ShuQuinta Butler (Larry) of Colquitt, GA, and Mary Lee Massey of Tampa, FL; three brothers: Mark Lyles (Shan), Robert Lyles, both of Blakely, and Ray Lyles (Hurley) of Tampa, FL; two very special cousins, Dan Lee and Eddie Cook; a very close friend, Sammy Brown; a great caregiver, Ms. T.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, additional cousins and friends whom he loved dearly.