Jeanette Sue (Stone) Lyons, known to her family as Peanut, was born on January 20, 1992 in Elizathton, Tennessee. She was the adored wife of William Stewart Lyons IV and lead a life filled with adventure, laughter, and a passion for flying.
She grew up in the hills of West Virginia in the small town of Pennsboro. She loved riding her dirt bike at the family farm, she earned a brown belt in Karate at a young age, she joined Civil Air Patrol in her teen years and was an active member for many years, she was an Honor Society student in both Middle and High School, she was also a member of the High School Peer Mediation program, she was a cheerleader from a young age through High School, she was also a member of the High School Field and Track Team, and she finished her High School years as a Ritchie County Class of 2010 Salutatorian.
Jeanette went on to college where she spent a summer interning in Europe and then a backpack trip through Europe with her best friend Taylor Garrison. In December of 2016 Jeanette graduated with a BS in Animal Science from West Virginia University, Morgantown West Virginia. After leaving University, Jeanette and her devoted canine Nakita traveled around the United States looking for more adventure. She hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail; she started out at the beginning in Georgia and came off the trail in Richmond, Virginia. On the trail she earned the nickname Hula Bear due to the hula-hoop she took with her to hula-hoop on the mountain tops. Nikita hiked along with her and earned the name Kita-Bear on the trail due to her warm coat keeping the hikers warm at night when they would meet up at a shelter. Kita would continue to travel across the United States with Jeanette and made friends as easily as Jeanette did. Jeanette eventually landed in the town of Terlinqua, Texas where she met Alex and Marty Whitmore. Alex and Marty took Jeanette under their wing and Alex started training Jeanette to fly taildragger planes. This quickly became Jeanettes passion, and she spent several months each year training in Terlinqua with Alex. Jeanette and Kita-Bear continued to travel around the US as Jeanette took jobs to get more experience and flight time. When Jeanette was to the point in her career to begin instructing, she moved to Dallas Texas to take her first job as a pilot instructor. This would be when her soul mate, William Stewart Lyons IV, met and wooed her, convincing her to begin putting down roots. Jeanette quickly made friends in the area and joined the Fort Worth 99s, an organization of women pilots who work to support one another and raise funds to help young women learn to fly. Jeanette also earned a spot flying the BT-13 for the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, TX and was recently presented with the rank of Colonel in the Commerative Air Force. She loved being able to be a part of this wonderful history of women in aviation. In 2020, Jeanette and Will began a flight school, Aviate at the Lake in Granbury, Texas, where they both taught students. In 2021, Jeanette took a position as a SIC for Airshare, flying the Phenom300. This year Jeanette was promoted to PIC for Airshare and was absolutely thrilled to be living her dream. Her accomplishments: Occupation: PIC Commercial Pilot for Airshare; Certificate: Airline Transport Pilot; Ratings: Airline Transport Pilot-Airplane Multiengine Land, Commercial; Privileges: Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Single Engine Sea; Type of Ratings: A/EMB-500, A/EMB-505.
On September 6, 2022, Jeanette and Will gathered their friends and family together in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado to celebrate and witness the joining of two families as they became man and wife. The last several months of their lives were filled with the joy of seeing their knowing smiles as they called one another ‘my wife’ and ‘my husband’. A love so pure and real that it spilled over into every room they walked into.
On December 4, 2022, as Jeanette and her husband Will traveled home from spending time with Jeanette’s family in West Virginia, they lost their lives along with their beloved Kita-Bear in an aviation accident in Cleburne, Texas. The loss of these beautiful souls has left their family and their many friends across this world heartbroken. If you had the fortune to know them, remember their laughs, remember Jeanettes love of life and adventure, remember Wills love of sports and sauces, remember Kita-Bears unlimited ability to give cuddles. But most importantly, remember their love for each other and all of us.
Preceded in Death: Maternal Grandmother: Laura I Stone; Paternal Great Grandmother: Ann Lee Jones; Maternal Aunt: Edna Snavely.
Survived by: Mother: Lou Cindy Ramsey (Kenneth C Ramsey); Father: Charles Mark Jones (Tabitha Jones); Brother: Robert Glenn Hoffman (Stephanie Hoffman); Sister: Jessica Ann Bonnell; Brother: Knox Jones; Brother: Arya Jones; Sister: Hattie Jones; Maternal Grandfather: Muncy G Stone; Paternal Great Grandmother: Adele Boucher; Paternal Grandmother: Katherine Turner; Paternal Grandfather: Gary Jones; Paternal Uncle: Shane Jones (Andrea Herrmann); Paternal Aunt: Kim Adams; Maternal Uncle: Guy Stone.
Meet and Greet: 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 15, 2023, Hangar #490 at the Granbury Airport, Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM.
Arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury, Texas.