Mr. Lyle Lawrence Wilson, 92, of Eufaula, Alabama, died peacefully at his home Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Graveside services were held Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 10 AM, in Fairview Cemetery Addition. The Rev. John Brock officiated with Chapman Funeral Home directing. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or toward the planting of a memorial tree. Born May 6, 1928 in Gillette, Wyoming, Mr. Wilson was the son of the late Robert Walter and Maude Shannon Wilson. The eighth of nine children, Lyle grew up a Powder River cowboy on the family ranch. On Christmas Eve, 1948, he married Patricia Anne Chittim, his wife of 61 years. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering and began his career working for oil field facilities in northern Alaska, flying with bush pilots and enjoying hunting and fishing in that pristine land. He spent two years in charge of all construction at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. From 1954 through 1956, Lyle, a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, was stationed at Ladd Field in Fairbanks, constructing facilities and designing ways to keep the runways cleared of snow so the reconnaissance planes of that cold war era could continuously take off and land. In 1958, he graduated with a Master's Degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, winning that year's M.A. Ferst Sigma Xi graduate research award for his work in soil mechanics. Lyle was then employed by Humble Oil and Refining Company in New Orleans, where he was a senior engineer designing and building off-shore oil facilities. In 1966, he answered a call from James D. Murphy, Jr. to come to Eufaula as chief engineer of the newly formed American Buildings Company. In the 27 years that followed, Lyle, with so many wonderful people who cannot be named here, worked tirelessly to transform that small, regional metal buildings company into the third largest company in the industry at the time of his retirement as Senior Vice President. Upon retirement, he was honored by the Metal Buildings Manufacturing Association for his knowledge, leadership and contribution to the evolution of the industry. Countless letters from those whom he worked with characterized him as a mentor and friend. Lyle was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as treasurer and as commissioner to the General Assembly. He loved singing in the choir. Lyle was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Anne "Pat" Wilson. In his last days he was tenderly cared for by Cynthia Gail Norris, Hazel Sylvester, Scherry Ceaser, Mary Melton, Carol Massey, Corretta Freeman, Francine Glover and Chandra McCray. Survivors include his daughter: Shannon (Bill) Thompson of Troy, Alabama; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
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