Milton Eugene Lyles, 88, beloved husband of Mary Anne Hodge Lyles, died on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at National Health Care.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1929, in Sumter, a son of the late Harvey Lyles Sr. and Orie McCall Lyles.

Milton was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the Sumter Police Department as a lieutenant detective after serving 34 years of service and was an active member of Northside Memorial Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of Sumter; a daughter, Connie Shumate of Florence; two sons, Donald Milton Lyles (Cindy) of Santee, and Jason M. Lyles of Sumter; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Stanley Lyles (Belvia) of Montgomery, Alabama; and three sisters, Sylvia Butler, Mavis Lynch and Peggy Grooms (Furman), all of Sumter.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Annette Lyles; two brothers, Harvey Lyles Jr. and James M. Lyles; and two sisters, Nellie Mae Hatchell and Sally Campbell.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Northside Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Holley officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Mixon, Larry Holloman, William Baker, Charles Dowless, Eddie Bradshaw and Robert Duby.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Sumter Police Department, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Melvin Holloman, George Geddings and Tommy Rogers.

Memorials may be made to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all of the staff at National Health Care for all of the care and compassion they showed to Mr. Lyles and to them during his time there.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.