Alton Arlie Lynch, Sr. was born June 12, 1914, in Corpus Christi, TX, to Clara Mable Johnson and Phil Roy Lynch.
He left this world at age 97 in Llano, TX, on April 21, 2012. Graveside services were held on April 23, 2012, in Blanco, TX.
Al was the second of seven children: Gladys Kinnison, Nina Kirkland, Dorothy Kinninson, Jesse Lynch, Suggie Goodman and Tommie Lynch.
Al married Alma Lee Mahan on May 5, 1936. They raised five children and had a loving marriage until her death on May 29, 1996, in Blanco, TX.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, his little brother Jesse, his wife Alma Lee, two of his sisters, Gladys Kinnison and Dorothy Kinnison, and two great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his sisters Nina, Viola and Tommie and by his five children Barbara Barker, Alton Lynch Jr., Susie Lynch, Gene Lynch and Connie Lynch. Al is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren and a very large number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Al attended school in a one-room school house in Flour Bluff, a suburb of Corpus Christi, but he had to quit school to work, as many teens did in those years. He became a “Jack of all trades” doing commercial fishing, building houses, driving boats to off-shore rigs to deliver and pick up crews, Roust-about for Humble Oil Co. in Tomball, TX, for a few years, back to Corpus where he used his carpentry skills to help renovate a major hotel, lots of farming, ranching, and a heck of a windmill man.
Al enjoyed hunting and fishing with his uncles, cousins, and brothers-in-law. However, he enjoyed eating the fish much more than the fishing.
He was passionate about bluegrass music and attended lots of fiddle contests. He played mandolin and other string instruments but never mastered the fiddle. Several of his family inherited his musical ability.
He was never happier than when he was surrounded by children, and he got down on the ground running and jumping with them and being a “horse” for them to ride.
Al enjoyed his final years in Llano at the Robinson Center surrounded by caring neighbors and various volunteer organizations who helped make those years very comfortable. We believe those people also enjoyed Al’s quick wit and happy positive attitude.
He loved God, his country, his fellow man and adored every member of his enormous family. He will be truly missed. And if he was here now he would say ‘Adios, Amigos’, ‘See ya later, alligator’.