Lyle Alan Heavner

Born: Sun., Aug. 9, 1936
Died: Mon., Apr. 2, 2007

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Lyle Alan Heavner died peacefully on April 2, 2007 after a three month ordeal with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 70 years old.

Mr. Heavner was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Wayne State University''s school of business in 1959. He married Diane Bessert in 1962, and they raised their two children in Grosse Pointe. He and his wife relocated to Greensboro, Georgia in 1999.

Mr. Heavner loved the game of hockey with a passion. Starting out playing as a youth on the Detroit River canals, he played throughout Michigan and Canada in his teen years. He played on the Wayne University Varsity team, and later played semi-pro hockey in Indianapolis. He continued to play recreationally in Detroit and his team took the Gold Medal in the Senior Olympics in California in 1979. He coached youth hockey with the Grosse Pointe Hockey Association and the Grosse Pointe North High School Hockey teams for many years.

He loved music and was an accomplished pianist. He entertained family and friends with piano concerts, playing music ranging from Scott Joplin and honky-tonk to romantic golden oldies and classical pieces.

Always living near the Great Lakes, his interest in boating was natural. His family will always remember the boat outings, day cruises, and waterskiing fun with "Captain Lyle".

Mr. Heavner was an avid golfer, and enjoyed many golfing years at Lochmoor Country Club and Gowanie Golf Club in Michigan, and Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.

Dedicated to his work as a life insurance agent and Charter Life Underwriter, he took the responsibility for servicing his clients very seriously and was highly regarded by his professional colleagues. Mr. Heavner successfully established his own insurance and financial services consulting business, Heavner Company, in 1981, which he continued to run up until his illness.

His close relationship with his immediate and extended family was a source of great joy and pleasure in his life. He is survived by his wife Diane; daughter Wendy (Michael) Hamill; son Brad (Elizabeth) Heavner; grandchildren Edison and Erin Hamill; mother Vivilore Hitchman; his sisters Carol (Ron) Bussell, Nancy (Roger) Battistella, and Susan (Michael) Becker; his brother Bob (Carol) Heavner; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Dr. Lyle E. Heavner, who died in 1977.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation a" Research, P.O. Box 5312, Akron, OH, 44664.

McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Carol Bussell
   Posted Fri April 06, 2007
You will always be my wonderful "Big Brother". I will miss you terribly. Love, Your Oldest "Little Sister".

Pat O''Connor
   Posted Fri April 06, 2007
I am a friend of Carol Bussell's. Please accept my condolences. It is so difficult to lose a loved one and Lyle sounded like a wonderful person who enjoyed life to the fullest. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Billie Ed Harris
   Posted Fri April 06, 2007
Close friend of Carol Bussell from her walking group. We are all just devastated for her and the whole family.

   Posted Fri April 06, 2007
Uncle Lyle, you are someone that I always looked up to and had the utmost respect for. I have so many wonderful memories, especially of growing up in Detroit with you and all of the family close by. You have touched the lives of everyone that has known and loved you. I will deeply miss you but you will forever be here in my heart.

Glenna Haberzetle
   Posted Mon April 09, 2007
My sympathy to the family, and especially to my friend, Carol Bussell.

Nancy and Bob Stevens
   Posted Tue April 10, 2007
To Diane and all the rest of Lyle's family , we send out deepest condolences. We pray, in love and sympathy, for your strength, peace and happy memories of a wonderful man. The obituary was an inspiration to read, so lovingly written. God bless you all. Nancy and Bob Stevens

Kathy Cawthon
   Posted Wed April 11, 2007
So sorry for your loss.

Steve Adams
   Posted Thu April 12, 2007
My sympathy to Diane, Mom H, Wendy & Brad and all the family.

Sally Ross Riley
   Posted Thu April 12, 2007
Dear Sue, I want to send my condolences to you and your family on the death of your brother. I am sure it is a great loss and he will be missed. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sally Ross Riley

Susan and Mike Becker
   Posted Thu April 12, 2007
This is a beautiful tribute to our loving brother. We will miss you dearly.

Jean Merritt
   Posted Fri April 13, 2007
Diane, please accept these few words of caring as we learn of your great loss. I enjoyed visiting with Lyle before we moved from Reynolds and learning about his love for music. He impressed me as a very fine person. God bless you. Jean Merritt Jean & Prentice Merritt

Tom Dow
   Posted Fri April 13, 2007
I have wondered about Lyle Heavner periodically since the early 1970s, when he was my hockey coach. I didn't see him again since those long ago days, but I remember him well. He was always happy, and kind, and he was a great coach because he not only knew what he was doing, he loved what he was doing. Some of that passion rubbed off on this now senior leaguer. I'm sorry our paths didn't cross again over these many years, but it is inspiring (to me) to know that such a person was so richly rewarded in life with a loving family, and friends, and his other passions. I am very sorry for your loss. May his memory give you great strength. Sincerely, Tom Dow

Jeannie Grzanka Fellows
   Posted Fri April 13, 2007
My sad condolences to your whole family. What a wonderful place we grew up as children on Piper. Iremember many happy times in your home and Vivilore being such a great Mom and neighbor. i wanted you to know how good it was to be a part of the Heavner group even though it was a long time ago. jeannie Grzanka Fellows

Marilyn (Griessinger) Gilboy
   Posted Sat April 14, 2007
I remember Lyle from Southeastern High School. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family. High School Classmate, Marilyn

Tim Hawkins
   Posted Tue April 17, 2007
What a beautiful tribute to Mr. Heavner. Our sympathy to Mrs. Heavner, Brad, Wendy and the entire extended Heavner family in their time of loss.

Ron Bussell
   Posted Sun April 29, 2007
To a wonderful brother/brother-in-law who we'll always remember for his wonderful smile, sense of humor, and who we have always admired.

Bob Heavner
   Posted Wed June 06, 2007
Lyle was the best big brother a little brother could ever have. He was the ultimate support system for a family- loving, proud of us all, always enthusiastic. Life will never be the same without him, words cannot describe what his loss is for me and our entire family. It also signals the importance of picking up his torch, his model and example of enthusiasm and hope for life and validation for one another.

Susan Becker
   Posted Tue March 25, 2008
Dear Lyle. I cannot believe it has been nearly a year since you left us. I miss you terribly and talk to you often. You were always concerned about how everyone was doing and ready to help wherever you could. We are all doing well here but your passing has made life so forever different. I try even harder to life life fully each day and take nothing for granted. Thank you for being all that you were to our large extended family.