Lillie Belle Lyles
Lillie Belle Redd (Latimore) Lyles, 93, a resident of Grantville, GA, for six years, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Fairburn Health Care Center, Fairburn, GA.
Mrs. Lyles worked and raised her family in Alliance, Ohio, where she resided for over 50 years.
Sunrise: On April 17, 1921, in Baltimore, Maryland, the Lord saw fit to bless Willie Hairston and Dorothy Redd with a daughter, Lillie Belle.
Sunset: On July 13, 2014, in Fairburn, GA, the Lord saw a weary warrior, Mother Lyles, and called His faithful servant home to rest.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lyles was predeceased by her husbands, Albert Latimore, Rev. William Dace and Deacon Samuel Lyles of Alliance, Ohio; and her great-granddaughter, the late Alexzandria Price Lundy. Mrs. Lyles, a dedicated Christian and loving mother, leaves six (6) children to cherish her memories, Doris (James) Latimore-Berry, Retta (Michael Sr.) Bryant, Dr. Robert Latimore, Candice (Jeffery) Thomas, Albert Latimore and Cindy (Walter) Latimore Isaac.
Also, Mrs. Lyles leaves to cherish her memories a Godchild, Georgietta Gonzalez; 18 grandchildren, Monica McKnight, 50, Pamela McKnight, 49, Michael (Karen) Bryant II, 49, Tamara (Erick) Rohman, 48, Rodney Bryant, 47, Eli (Gina) Latimerlo, 46, Jeff (Ericka) Thornton, 39, Theresa Thomas, 36, Cameron Thomas, 31, Jefferson Berry, 30, Haven Latimore, 26, Chante’ Latimore, 26, Dr. Amanda (Jonathan) Rothstein, 26, Stephanie Thomas, 27, Olivia Smith, 25, Maya Latimore, 23, Valerie Latimore, 21, and Walter Isaiah Isaac IV, 17. Also, 27 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; a devoted and longtime friend, Loretta Johns; and a host of other relatives and close friends.
Mrs. Lyles received a high school diploma in May of 2007, which was awarded with honors. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, she also received a Commendation from The Honorable Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose, Calif. Because she strongly felt that education was important, she considered this achievement to be one of the high points of her life.
Throughout her adult life, she enjoyed the canning, weaving and quilting skills learned from her grandmother, the late Carrie Thomas Redd, a Native American, Cherokee Indian, who lovingly raised her granddaughter, Lillie Belle, with a cousin, the late Riley Sheffield, and aunt, the late Alberta Redd Bonner, in a rural neighborhood in Martinsville, Va.
Mrs. Lyles and the father of her children, the late Albert Latimore, had optimistic Christian attitudes training them to always stick together, love and look out for each other and repeatedly reminded their children that “God is good all the time.” She created many beautifully handcrafted quilts that were tangible reminders of her desire for family harmony and togetherness.
The funeral service for Mrs. Lyles was held on July 22, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, Alliance, Ohio, officiated by the Rev. Willie Ball and followed by interment in the Alliance City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to Lillie Bell Redd Lyles Estate, ? Dee Latimore Berry, P.O. Box 338, Grantville, GA 30220.
Arrangements in Newnan, GA, by Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home Inc., and final arrangements in Ohio entrusted to Sibley Murray Wellington Funeral Home, 706 North Webb Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601; 330-821-5650.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.roscoejenkins.com or http://www.imortuary.com/funeral-homes/ohio/alliance/sibley-murray-funeral-home/ .