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Calvin Lyles, Sr.

November 2, 1949 May 31, 2018
Calvin  Lyles, Sr.
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Obituary for Calvin Lyles, Sr.

Calvin Lyles, Sr. also known as Calvin Cox and NuAfrica was born November 2, 1949 in Plainfield, NJ to the late Ruth (Green) Lyles. He was second child out of ten children. Ruth’s children include: James Lyles of New York, Charles Berry of Newark, NJ, Carl Lyles of Plainfield, NJ, Wanda Summers of Plainfield, NJ, Ruth Ann Darby of Newark, NJ, Gary Lyles (deceased), Robin Berry (deceased), Valerie Jenkins of Portsmouth, VA and Wendy Young of Plainfield, NJ. Calvin was informally adopted and raised by the late Henry and Martha (Butler) Cox in Plainfield, NJ. In this home, Calvin was raised with four sisters: Vera Joan Price (deceased), Shirley Frazier (deceased), Deloris Hairston of Plainfield, NJ, Wanda Summers and three brothers, Robert Cox (deceased), Ronald Pollard (deceased) and Roger Pollard (deceased).

Calvin was educated in the Plainfield Public school system and graduated in 1968. He furthered his education by attending two years at Union County Community College. Calvin was united in holy matrimony to Kathleen (Ellis) Lyles on March 21, 1970 and settled in Somerset, NJ where they raised a family. Calvin had many skills and worked in various industries including sales (Larkeys Clothier, Dicks Sporting Goods) maintenance (Piscataway Board of Education) and construction (Herman Ellis Construction). Calvin loved sports and games and instilled the values of hard work, determination and perseverance in his children and any other youth he encountered. Calvin also loved to dress up and wear hats no matter the occasion. He was an excellent cook and loved to host family and friends. Calvin never met a stranger he wouldn’t greet and would leave a lasting impression of love, laughter and light wherever he went.

Calvin accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was a member of several churches throughout his life including: Shiloh Baptist Church of Plainfield, NJ, Mt. Zion AME of Plainfield, NJ, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens of Somerset, NJ and recently Hazlehurst United Methodist Church of Hazlehurst, MS.

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Calvin Lyles, Sr. was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His legacy and memory will live on through his five children; Calvin Lyles, Jr. (Keasha Jack-Lyles) of Somerset, NJ, Kevin S. Lyles (Tosha Wesley) of Charlotte, NC, Kerrin M. Lyles (Chantonette Lyles) of Roselle, NJ, Stephanie Bufkin of Rahway, NJ and Kimberly T. (Lyles) Stephens (Joe Stephens, Jr.) of Charlotte, NC as well as twelve grandchildren.

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771 Somerset Street Somerset 08873 NJ

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