Martha Jean Lyons
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Martha Jean Lyons, 77, of Shaw died on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at her home.

Visitation was Monday, February 17, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland. Burial followed in the Shaw Cemetery. Reverends Greg Chamblee and Bob Lyons officiated the services.

Jean was born on October 28, 1936, to Homer and Gladys (McDaniel) Holly in Vaiden. She attended schools in Vaiden, graduated Mississippi Delta Junior College with an LPN degree while working at Bellsouth Telephone Company in Greenville. Jean married Norman "Moot" Lyons on June 22, 1956, in Moorhead. Over their 57 years of marriage they lived in several locations Shaw, Monroe, La., Drew, where she worked at Drew Grocery, and the family farm in Shaw. She was also a former nurse’s aid. Jean was the executive director of Helping Hands in Cleveland for 20 years until her retirement in 2011.

She was a faithful member of the Cleveland Church of God, having served on many committees, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and Senior Adult Leader for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Opal Petty and a brother Billy Holly.

Jean is survived by her spouse of 57 years Norman "Moot" Lyons of Shaw; two daughters Debra (John) Fortenberry of Atoka, Tenn., and Teresa (Keith) Spealman of Indianola; four brothers; Bobby Holly of Clarksville, Ark., Jimmy Holly, Tommy Holly and Johnny Holly, all of Vaiden; grandchildren, Jonathan (Lauren) Fortenberry of Munford, Tenn., Kimberly Fortenberry of Memphis, Tenn., Brandon Spealman and Bradley Spealman, all of Indianola; great-grandchild Drew Fortenberry of Munford, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Greg Petty, Buster Lacey, Mike Lacey, Jimmy Free, Robert McDaniel, Stanley McGaugh and Joey McGaugh.

Memorials may be made to Helping Hands or the Cleveland Church of God — WEA Missions Project.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in Charge of arrangements. On-line guest register may be signed at