Lavon Hyatt, 58, of the Big Cove Community in Cherokee, went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Lavon was a native of the Laurel Branch Community in Bryson City. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandpa Von, uncle, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed.
He was a former employee of the Western Steer Family Steakhouse in Cherokee for over 20 years and went into early retirement due to health reasons. He was a member of Straight Fork Baptist Church where he previously held the offices of Sunday School teacher and superintendent for a number of years. He also was the Training Union director and adult class teacher, as well as the Vacation Bible School director. He loved his church. He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, particularly Dale Earnhardt Jr. and was also a Carolina Tar Heels fan as well as a New England Patriots fan. He also enjoyed working on his ‘56 Chevy.
Lavon was the son of the late Felix and Inez Earley Hyatt of Bryson City.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gloria West Hyatt; one daughter, Kristina Lynn Hyatt; and sons, Jeremy Lavon Hyatt and wife Caroline, and Steven Hyatt and wife Vangie, all of Cherokee; two special grandsons, Reggie Vahn and Kedron Felix Hyatt, a special great-niece Shelby Solis; one granddaughter and a great grandchild; brothers, Hershel Hyatt, William Hyatt, and Michael Harlan; and sisters, Lillian Hyatt and Dean Hyatt, all of Bryson City. Several nieces and nephews also survive, along with the family cat, Peabody.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, May 18, beginning at 5pm until midnight at Straight Fork Baptist Church in Big Cove. Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon beginning at 2pm, with the Rev. Charles Ray Ball and Bro. Steve Smith of Good News Baptist Church in Candler. Pallbearers will be Nika West, Nathan Garcia, Charlie Watty, Lupe Solis, Mike Ball, Clinton Messer, Damian Solis, and Joseph Solis.
Crisp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.