Lonnie Hylton had a zest for life and a heart full of love. With his cowboy hat and big smile, he never met a stranger. On Saturday, April 29, 2023, after a hard-fought battle with cancer, Lonnie Lynn Hylton went to Heaven.
Lonnie was born on January 15, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri to Thelma and Joe Hylton. He grew up in the tight knit community of Mountain Grove hunting with his Dad and enjoying his mom’s amazing home cooking. He was a graduate of Mountain Grove High School and attended Drury University.
Lonnie started his career in the family business, Hylton’s Hardware Store. In the 1980’s, Lonnie followed his passion for cars and opened Hylton Auto Sales, the beginning of a long, successful career in the auto industry. He loved cars, especially fast ones, and was an expert at making old cars new again. Lonnie was an avid golfer and was always up for a game of golf with friends. Lonnie loved to dance, especially the Fort Worth shuffle, with his wife, Barb, of 29 years. Whatever they did, wherever they were, they just loved to be together.
Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Thelma Hylton. He is survived by his wife Barb Hylton, his brother Lloyd Hylton, his three daughters and their husbands: Amy and Peter Salaverry, Ashley and Luke Pyle, and Jami and Jason Jordan, and seven grandchildren: Madison and Emma Salaverry, Canaan Pyle, Cage Seebaran and Mila, James and Dallas Jordan.
To describe Lonnie and how he lived his life is best expressed through this verse
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at the Venues Church, 2616 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children hospital.
Cremation services and arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.