On January 5, 2021, Lester Morris Jerome Lyles, Jr., age 71 and known as “Jerry” to family and friends departed this life moving on to his heavenly destination.
Born, February 23, 1949 to Lester and Adrian Henderson Lyles of “Centerville” Ijamsville, Md. Jerry attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Frederick High School in 1967. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Marines, marrying Verda Cooper-Lyles, from Seaside, California in 1968. In 1971, leaving the military but not service, he continued his career as a Government employee spanning the world including, the ability to speak Spanish in Panama, playing organized baseball in Zimbabwe, Africa, and receiving numerous honors and degrees, until his retirement in 2001.
Settling not far from home in Rockville, Maryland, Jerry married his current wife Amirah in 2003. Being the family man he was, Jerry enjoyed fishing, science fiction, serving as the family space station communication officer (high rank of course), and enjoyed watching old western movies. He was an avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, a serious comic book and baseball card collector. He could be found cheering on the Baltimore O’s baseball team and Washington (Redskins) Football Team, attending games with his son. At family gatherings he was always the one to be found with a double rum and coke, a More cigarette giving life lesson worldly advice to nieces and nephews or having debates about politics and history.
Leaving to mourn besides is widow, 3 children: Bryan Lyles, Wheaton, MD. Jennifer Lyles, Greenbelt, MD and Lydia Lyles, Rockville, MD.
Two God Daughters: Paulette “Sweetpea” Lyles, Hagerstown, MD and Dawn Schnell of Colorado. One Aunt: Clarice “Dee” Henderson, Burkettsville, MD and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents Jerry was predeceased in death by his only siblings; Paul M. Lyles, Sr. and Lana Patricia Sewell-Lyles.
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