Agnes Lyon

Agnes Gray Clary Lyon, 90, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and formerly of Altheimer, Arkansas died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at her home in Hot Springs.

She was born in 1923, to the late Willis Paul and Nannie Gray Holmes Clary. After graduating, Valedictorian of her Altheimer High School class, Agnes Gray worked as a bookkeeper for Ben Pearson and later at the Pine Bluff Arsenal during WWII.

Following World War II, she married Edward Eugene Lyon and the couple resided in Altheimer where Agnes Gray was a homemaker, and along with her husband, owned and operated Diantha Planting Company in Jefferson County. They were married fifty-four years, until Gene’s death in 2002.

Along with Gene, her parents, her brothers, Bud Clary and Ben Clary; and her sisters, Nancy Hardy and Mary Lillian Clary, preceded her in death.

Agnes Gray is survived by two sons, H. Gene Lyon, of North Little Rock, Arkansas and G. Scott Lyon, of Little Rock, Arkansas; three daughters, Nancy Gray Norton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Marsha Lyon, of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Catherine Lyon, of Bentonville, Arkansas; her grandson, Robert Jones and wife, Tracy of Maumelle, Arkansas; her granddaughter, Melissa Gray Blandford and husband David, of Cincinnati, Ohio; her great grandchildren, Heath and Madeline Blandford, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and the many individuals she took to her heart as her own children, most especially, Debby Nye, Tim Day, Harvey Haddock, Wade Keeter and Charles King.

The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to Jamie, Jennifer, Vanessa, Tricia, Amanda, Lori, Zada, Kari and Lauren for their love and care that provided Agnes Gray a grander finale.

A private funeral mass will be celebrated at Christ Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Graveside service will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pine Bluff, Arkansas by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Friends may sign the online register at

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Food Bank, 4301 West 65th Street, Little Rock, AR 72209 or the Arkansas Rice Depot, P.O. Box 34427, Little Rock, AR 72203.