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Hall of Fame owner Johnny Lyon dies

Hall of Fame owner Johnny Lyon dies

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By MAGGIE KIELY

maggie.kiely@theeagle.com

A local music icon and the long-time owner of Texas Hall of Fame died Sunday afternoon, according to a post on the nightclub's Facebook page.

Details surrounding Johnny Lyon's death were not immediately available, and friends and family members couldn't be reached late Sunday.

He had been battling cancer since the beginning of the year, according to postings on his website, johnnylyon.com.

Funeral arrangements were pending on Sunday.

Jan Houdek Jones, a Bryan resident who said she has been dancing at the Texas Hall of Fame for decades, said she was saddened to learn about Lyon's death on the Hall of Fame's Facebook page.

"We were just there Friday night and were wondering why he wasn't there," she said.

Lyon, a country music buff and natural entertainer, bought the Hall of Fame in 1978.

The dance hall has been home to a number of aspiring Texas country singers and a favorite weekend hangout for thousands of locals.

Lyon graduated from Texas A&M University with a business degree before joining the U.S. Air Force.

He flew B-52s and C-130s during two tours in Vietnam and received several awards for his service.

He retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel after 21 years, according to his website.

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