MIDLAND Gerald Lytle, 82, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 14, at his home in the presence of his family.

He was born to Vennie and Corbet Lytle on Jan. 24, 1928, in Goree, Texas. He attended school in Paint Creek, Texas, as well as Rule, Texas, where he graduated in May 1945. Shortly after graduation he married the love of his life, Johnnie Ray Davis on Aug. 4, 1945. He then joined the military and bravely served in the U. S. Navy.

The couple moved to Midland from Haskell in 1963. At that time he held a variety of jobs, from running a bread route and working for Rexene Chemical to eventually working for Jack Sherman Chevrolet in the Parts Department for many years before retiring in 1992. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, listening to gospel music, spending time with his family, his dogs and could always be found sitting on his front porch.

Gerald was a devout Christian, a member of Second Baptist Church in Midland. He and Johnnie instilled the importance of God in the lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Gerald was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, his son, Sammy Lytle; his grandson, Toby Lytle, and three great-grandsons: Mason Dale Worth, Garrett Michael Lytle, and Delton Douglas Lytle.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Johnnie Lytle; his son, Gary Lytle and wife, Peggy, of Glen Rose; daughter, Charlotte Bruce, and husband, David, of Midland; son, Jeff Lytle and wife, Judy, of St. George, Kan.; grandchildren John Corbet Lytle, J.D. and Carrie Lytle, David Brandon Jones, Jennifer and Raymond Roberts, Shauna and Junior Rodriguez, Kelly Worth, Crystal Rowe, Jessica and Kevin Cain, Justin Lytle, John Raymond Lytle and Austin and Christy Harte, as well as 25 great-grandkids. He is also survived by his two companion pets, Midget and Duchess, whom he loved dearly.

Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 17, at Howard Cemetery in Paint Creek. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memoriams be made to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702.

The family also would like to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful staff at Midland Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Midland for their compassion for not only Gerald, but also our entire family during this tumultuous time. The family would also like to thank the wonderful physicians who cared for Gerald.