BARNARDSVILLE – Jeff Lyons, age 61, of Barnardsville died November 16, 2022. He was born on September 17, 1961, in Watauga County, North Carolina to Archie and Jo Ann Thompson Lyons. He was a resident of Buncombe County since 1994.
Jeff graduated from Watauga High School and graduated from Haywood Technical College with a degree in Forestry and Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College with a degree in Fire Protection Technology. He served in both the United States Army and Air Force. He was a firefighter with the City of Asheville for the past 26 years, serving as a Captain. He was a member of the Asheville Fire Fighter’s Association, Local 332.
Jeff loved physical training; you could always find him in the firehouse running or lifting weights. At home, Jeff always had various projects on his mountain property. Jeff loved being a firefighter, a soldier, and an airman, but what he loved most was being a grandfather.
In addition to his parents, Jeff is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janet Roach Lyons; daughter Forest Lyons; son Mead Lyons and his wife Ashley and their children, Harper, Brooke and Buchanan Lyons; sister Allyson Brantz and husband Doug; brothers, Dean Lyons and wife Vicki, Greg Lyons and wife Lisa, Brent Lyons and wife Janna.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday, November 21 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, with Chaplain (MAJ) Brad Borders officiating. Firefighter Honors will be by the Asheville Fire Department Honor Guard. Military Honors will be by the United States Air Force. The family will greet friends immediately following the service. Burial will be at a later date at the Webb Family Cemetery in Barnardsville.
Jeff requests memorials be made to the Asheville Fire Fighter’s Association, 9 SW Pack Square, Suite 203, Asheville, NC 28801 or, www.ashevillefirefighters.org, to provide financial help for firefighter’s cancer screenings.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Jeff’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.