Sympathy – April 2017 issue

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Arlene Betty Gilbert Lyons, who died on Feb. 6, She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Kenneth Lyons; daughter, Sharon Lyons, son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Tobi Lyons; grandchildren, Gavin Lyons and Allyn Guy, and great grandchildren, Joshua and Jason. She was preceded in death by her beloved baby sister, Barbara Feldman and her husband Jerry.

Mema, as she was known, was all about family. She met her husband on a date between a two family setup in New York. Their first date was at the Roller Derby. She kept her immediate family together and made sure to stay in touch with her extended family of cousins and nieces from New York to Florida to California with telephone calls if not by family events. Every New Year, at the least, extended family and friends could count on a call from her. 

Arlene was born March 23, 1929 in Nashville. She went to West High School and graduated from the University of Alabama. Her children went to The University of Tennessee, so every year was an in-house football battle. An avid cook and baker, she made sure nobody left her house hungry. She was known for Mema’s meat sauce, buttermilk cake, apricot squares, cookies and more. Arlene was a Metro teacher for 35 years, starting at H.G. Hill Elementary but teaching most of her career at West Meade Elementary. She was so well organized that she often taught 3rd and 4th grade splits in the same classroom, which was known as “The Lyons Den.” Her specialty was teaching math, and one of her proudest moments was being recognized by Michael Schmerling as the inspiration to his career in accounting. 

Funeral services were on Feb. 9 at West End Synagogue Cemetery.


… to the family and friends of Lisa Hyman Morrow, who died on Feb. 20 after a second bout of cancer. Born in St. Louis, Lisa is survived by her loving and dedicated husband, Paul Ross; her mother, Frances Hyman of St. Louis; her siblings, Valerie Hyman, Keith Hyman, Karen Hyman, and her two cherished children, Jeremy and Stephanie.

Lisa lived a life embodying warmth, compassion, humor, elegance and grace. When she entered a room, her presence was felt by all, whether by her signature hair, her incredibly radiant smile, her infectious laugh or the simple warmth of her eyes. Lisa lived a life that exuded pure goodness in all things. In her professional world, Lisa had the ability to assess a project, determine what was needed to achieve the desired outcome and the determination to accomplish virtually perfect results. She offered her talents to fundraising for non-profits, merchandising and marketing for the retail industry and real estate staging and marketing. 

Lisa’s life was celebrated by her family, many friends and loved ones from across the country at a shiva on Feb. 23. Memorials may be made in Lisa’s name to Gilda’s Club of Nashville or Congregation Micah. 


… to the family and friends of Burton H. “Burt” Hummell, 84, who died peacefully on Feb. 21 at his home surrounded by his family. Burt was born Aug. 17, 1932 in Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold “Al” and Martha Hummell; his first wife, Joan Hummell, and his oldest son, Ross Bennett Hummell (Anne).

He is survived by his wife, Linda Berry Hummell; two children, Arthur Robert Hummell (Madalyn) of Nashville and Reed Evan Hummell (Taylor) of Kingston Springs, TN; and three stepchildren, Dr. William Wells Berry III, Matthew Douglass Berry, and Dr. Katherine Adams Berry. He also is survived by a sister, Rev. Harriett Guttman (Robert) of La Quinta, CA, and nine grandchildren, Reace, Reilly, and Ethan Hummell, Eleanor, William, and Caroline Berry, and Beau and Bear Berry. In addition, he had a lifelong love for his brother-in-law, Dr. Allen C. Lapin (Lyndee) of Port Arthur, WA, his first cousin, Nancy Schwerdlin of Elk Grove Village, IL., and his niece, Dr. Kris Read of Claremont, CA.

Burt attended Bradley University in Peoria and graduated from the University of Miami before marrying the former Joan Claire Lapin in 1953. In a career that started humbly as a junior buyer at Holleb & Company in Chicago, Burt quickly gained notoriety for his work ethic, product knowledge, and innovative spirit. He rose from a branch manager in San Francisco at S.E. Rykoff & Company to Vice President of West Coast Operations. Later, he was recruited to be president of Century City-based International Foodservices Corporation. When Burt relocated to Nashville in 1980, he became president of Robert Orr-SYSCO. 

Burt work tirelessly to improve the Nashville community through his involvement in numerous organizations. He was elected Bailli of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and served as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Convention Center and on various boards, including the Nashville Conference of Community and Justice, Nashville Institute for the Arts, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s Julia Hereford Society, Arthritis Foundation’s Tennessee Chapter, Baptist Hospital, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Rotary Club of Nashville, Sister Cities of Nashville, Leukemia Society, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. For his many contributions, Burt was honored as “1995 Man of the Year” by the Arthritis Foundation , Nashville Chapter, as “1996 Honorary Chef of the Year” by the American Culinary Federation, Middle Tennessee Chapter, and as “1997 Nashvillian of the Year” by Easter Seal Society, Nashville Chapter. 

Burt will be remembered most for his outgoing personality, his love for family and friends, his irreverent sense of humor, and his unwavering dedication to the community.

The funeral was on Feb. 24 at Congregation Micah. Memorials may be sent to Congregation Micah, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation’s Nashville Chapter, Nashville Children’s Theatre, or Easter Seals Tennessee.