The Lyons Family

Charlton Havard Lyons, Jr.
20 November 2007, 7:57 pm
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1. CHARLTON HAVARD LYONS, JR., born 5:30 A. M., Sunday, December 11, 1921, at 1522 Pine Street, New Orleans, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. McCord.

Charlton attended public school (South Highlands) in Shreveport, later graduating from Lawrenceville, Trenton, New Jersey. He then entered Yale University, receiving a B. A. degree. In the summer of 1941, at the end of his freshman year at Yale, Charlton went to South America with the Yale Glee Club. The Glee Club sailed from New York on the SS Brazil, landing at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They went then by train to Sao Paulo and Santos, in Brazil, and then by boat to Montevideo, Uruguay. From that city the Glee Club went by ferry to Buenos Aires, Argentina. They then went by train into Chile and sailed from Valparaiso on the SS Santa Lucia for the United States, stopping at various South American countries enroute. The Glee Club sang in the cities named above and others in South America. Upon his graduation from Yale in May, 1943, Charlton enlisted in the Army with the rank of Corporal. He later went to Officers’ School, Fort Sill, Okla­homa, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on December 9, 1943, in the Field Artillery. He later went overseas with the 10th Armored Divi­sion, Seventh Army, which was commanded by General Patton. At the end of the war, Charlton was discharged as a First Lieutenant. While serving with the 10th Armored Division in Germany, Charlton had a narrow escape. He was riding in the front seat of an Army truck when a German plane fly­ing overhead, shot holes through the top of the truck just above his and the driver’s heads.

Charlton and Susybelle Wilkinson were married at 8 P. M., August 12, 1944, at St. Bartholemew’s Episcopal Church, New York City. He was then stationed with the Army at Augusta, Georgia, and Susybelle was living with her parents on Long Island, her father being in Army service at that place.

Susybelle was born at Schumpert Sanitarium, Shreveport, Louisiana, at 1:30 P. M., October 5, 1923. She is the daughter of W. Scott Wilkinson and Margaret West. Scott served as an officer in both World Wars, being a Colonel in World War II. He is a life-long resident of Shreveport. He is also one of Louisiana’s leading attorneys.

Following the termination of World War II, Charlton entered the Law School of Tulane University, graduating in June, 1948, after two years of continuous study. He was President of the Senior Law Class. While attend­ing Tulane, Charlton and Susybelle resided at 8233 Freret Street, New Or­leans, Louisiana. After graduation from Tulane, Charlton and his family re­turned to Shreveport and he became a partner in the firm of Lyons, McCord & Logan, now Lyons Petroleum.

Charlton and Susybelle are the parents of six children:

a.   Susybelle Lyons, born at Schumpert Sanitarium, Shreveport, 11:14 P. M., Saturday, August 11, 1945.  Her father was in Europe with the Army at the time of her birth.   On November 2, 1963, Susybelle married John Michael Gosslee, son of John M. and Mary Eileen Kleinman Gosslee.  John and Susybelle now reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they are attending Louisiana State Uni­versity.

b.   Stafford Lyons, born at Mercy Hospital, New Orleans, 5:34 P. M., Sunday, November 17, 1946.

c.   Charlton Havard Lyons, III, born at Mercy Hospital, New Orleans, 5 P. M., Friday, May 14, 1948.   (Dr. Katharine Havard was the physician at the births of Stafford and Charlton, III.)

d.   Sally Scott Lyons, born at Schumpert Sanitarium, Shreveport, 9:02 A. M., Wednesday, September 13, 1950.

e.   Laurie Wilkinson Lyons, born at Schumpert Sanitarium, Shreveport, 1:33 P. M., Sunday, April 25, 1954.

f.   Marian Lyons, born at Schumpert Sanitarium,  Shreveport,   7:20 P. M., Monday, September 12, 1955.


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