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January 12, 1916—April 8, 1945

Dudley Nelson Lyles was born January 13, 1916 in Begota, Texas to Mr. Jot Lyles and Edna Lyles, (now Mrs. C. F. Mead). Dudley was 29 years, 3 months and 4 days old. To that union was born brother Elmer Lyles.

Dudley’s father and brother Elmer passed away in 1918. After coming to Oklahoma in 1919, Mrs. Jot Lyles and Mr. C. F Mead were united in Marriage 1921. Dudley became the step-son of C. F. Mead. Dudley grew to manhood around Lane and Harmony communities.

Dudley was inducted into the Army on January 13, 1943, and saw action in the Philippines, Luzon and Siapan. On the 8th day of April 1945, on Okinawa, he gave his life for the country he loved so well. Dudley left a host of friends and relatives to mourn his passing. Those who loved him were his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Mead, of Lane, Okla., wife Minnie Lyles of Miami, AX; four brothers; Elmer Mead, Pvt. Roy L. Mead who is with the Seventh Army in Germany; William Mead and Arti Mead; three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Sheffield, Lane, Okla., Mary Lou Burleson of Petaluma, CA., Rudy Curlee, Charles Mead, Oleta Mead all of Lane.

Commemorative funeral services were held in Lane Baptist Church by W. H. Goss, Attended by a great crowd of relatives and friends who morn his passing.

Submitted by Leona Griffin 

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