Lyle Alan Heavner

August 9, 1936 ~ April 2, 2007 (age 70)

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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