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Marcus Hilton Lyles

December 12, 1954 ~ March 23, 2021 (age 66)

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Mr. Marcus Hilton Lyles, 66, of 505 Wild Plum Lane, Sanford, North Carolina, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Central Carolina Hospital of Sanford, North Carolina.

Mr. Marcus Hilton Lyles, better known as Water Marcus, was born December 12, 1954, in Forest, Mississippi, to the late Mark Lyles and Lucille Gray.

On March 23, 2021, at noon, God whispered in Marcus’s ears and said to him that it was time for him to come home to be with Him, and he departed from earth. Marcus took his rest at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, North Carolina.

Marcus grew up a young man in the deep South, and after graduating, he left and joined the U.S. Army. He soon met and married the love of his life, Shelby Jean Lyles (My Wife), as he so often would call her. Marcus and Shelby raised three strong young boys to men.

Marcus was a kind-hearted man. He loved joking around with his sons, nieces, and nephews. Cooking was his passion; no one could fry fish and chicken for family gatherings like him.

Marcus was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Lyles, his parents, two brothers, and two sons, Marcus Keith and Anthony Tomlinson.

He leaves to cherish his memories his memory, three sons, Travis Lyles, Carlos Tomlinson (Sylvia), and Chris Lyles; a special grandson Donte’ Tomlinson (Alexis); two sisters, Aletha and Pearl Lyles both of Mississippi; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a total of twenty grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two special friends who were like brothers, Timothy McLean and Wesley Carweathers; a special nephew, Torrence Galloway; and a host of other relatives, friends, and loved ones.

Arrangements are entrusted to McLeod Funeral Home of Sanford, North Carolina.

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 Service Program


Walk Through Viewing
March 27, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
McLeod Funeral Home
310 Courtland Drive
Sanford, NC 27330

Graveside Service
March 28, 2021

2:00 PM
Johnsonville AME Zion Church Cemetery
18719 NC Hwy 27
Cameron, NC 28326

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