William Elijah Lyon, affectionately dubbed Liam, was born Feb. 18, 2011, at 3:25 a.m. to Whitney and Brody Lyon in Fort Smith, Ark. He was a perfect size, weighing 6 pounds and measuring 19 inches long.Â
Liam was quickly diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and in the short time that Liam was here, he changed the world we live in.Â His story of love and courage crossed borders and continents as he traveled to various hospitals across the country in an effort to save his life.Â He has touched the lives of tens of thousands on his Facebook page, I Love Liam Lyon.
On Sept. 3, 2012, despite his courageous fight, the efforts of countless medical personnel and the prayers of thousands, Liam earned his wings while in the loving arms of his mommy and daddy.Â Â
Liam was loved by a huge family and he is survived by:
His parents, Brody and Whitney Lyon, and the best big sister ever, Cheyanne, of Cameron; grandparents, Grandma Nanci Tankersley, Ricky and Trina Ward, Cameron, and Bruce and Sandy Lyon, Santa Barbara, Calif.; aunts, Jamie Ward and cousins Ali, Jalen, Gage, Tristyn of Cameron and Amanda Lyon of Santa Barbara; Uncle Kyle and Brittany Ward and cousins Kylee and Isabella, Cameron, A.J. and P.J.; great-grandparents, Paul and Joyce Tankersley and Virginia and the late Ernest Ward of Cameron and Hazel Lyon of Santa Barbara.
Also great-aunts and uncles, Susan and Dale Pickle and second cousins Ashlee Pickle of Houston, Paul and Lori Tankersley and second cousins Jennifer and Tracy Morris (Kaityln, Ashlyn, Brooklyn), Christopher and Tammy Tankersley (Kaley, Chance, Breyden), Torey and Chris Howell (Cooper and Case) and Zach Tankersley; Cathy and Jerry Bernstein and second cousins Heidi Bernstein, Santa Clarita, Calif., Barbara Lyon, Santa Barbara, Star Essman, Ventura, Calif., Dick Lyon, Grass Valley, Calif., and John Lyon, Dumfries, Va., Wayne and Cissy Ward and second cousins Chass Ward (Cassidy and Kelcee), Justin,Â Dustin, Chad, Tanner and Mykayla;Â Saundra and Jody Cox and second cousins Sharon and Robert (A.J., Breanna, Skeeter), Karen and Bruce, Shane and Angie (Makayla, Wade, Ashley, Emily), Shawn and Robin (Megan,Â Austyn, Jaxyn, Addyson), Sandy (Taylor, Tyler), and Rocky (James David, Jacob, and Kinley). Â
Honorary family, Karen and Gerry Greathouse, Amanda and Matthew Penny, Hillary Kokes, Nancy Box, Amy Roberts, Chris Hansen, Ernie, Maria and Leonard Campos, Bryon and Bonnie Burns, Luke and Lindsay Hoyhtya, Brother David and Alicia Kennedy.
Jane Phillips Memorial Hospital Coworker Family: Judy, Lisa, Lori, Kelly, Kelli, Amanda, Deb, Pat, Brian, Stan, Anderson, Gary, Ronda, Kathy, Kristen, Randy, Brad and Charles.
Alvin-Friendswood Veterinary Clinic Coworker Family: Vikki, Cindy, Mel, Alina, Gabe and Amanda, Cherie and Ronnie, and Jann.
Design Support Services: Cindy Price.
Westmont College Admission Office: Jodi, Dawn, Silvio, Lexi, Maddie, Olympia, Andrew, Pat, Jessica, Todd, Susan, Andrea, Laura, Candace and Joyce.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, atÂ The Reynolds Center, Poteau, with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Ward, Dale Pickle, Paul Michael Tankersley and Rick Ward.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chass Ward and A.J. Rees.Â
The family will visit with relatives and friends at Calvary Assembly of God Church, Poteau, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.Â
Donations may beÂ made to a family support organization in Liamâ€™s honor atÂ â€śI Love Liamâ€ť c/o Susan Pickle, 318 Waterford Way, Kemah, Texas 77565.
You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
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