Funeral services for Albert Louis Lykins, 77, of Bangs, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at the First Baptist Church in Bangs, under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home of Early. Interment will follow in the Bangs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Lykins passed away Sunday at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Albert Louis Lykins was born on July 23, 1940, in Coleman, the first child of R.M and Frances Lykins. He stepped into the presence of His Lord Jesus on May 13, 2018. He grew up in Coleman and San Angelo eventually graduating from Early High School in 1958. Al, as he was known, graduated from Howard Payne University in 1963 with a Bachelors degree in music. While attending Howard Payne he met the love of his life, Louise Huggins of Bangs. They would begin a love relationship that would last for 57 years. Al and Louise were married on Jan. 19, 1962. They would have four children: Pam, Lana, Kevin and Eric.
Al’s love of music led him to teach Junior High and High School band for 27 years. He spent 15 years at Bangs High School. During that time, he touched the lives of many students and parents through his love for Christ and his sense of humor that endeared him to everyone. Al was a faithful deacon in many churches as he moved with his family through the years. He used his talent for playing the saxophone on a regular basis to glorify God and to encourage others in worship services. Enduring many health problems over the last 20 years, Al constantly kept a joyful attitude and used his trials to share of the faithfulness of Christ with others. He finished his race of faith serving the Lord at First Baptist Church in Bangs.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Lykins of Bangs; daughter, Pam Fortner and her husband Eric of Waco; daughter, Lana Gill and her husband Steve of San Angelo; son, Kevin of Celina; son, Eric and his wife Stephanie of Bangs; grandkids, Colton and Courtney Gill, Delaney Lykins Lohmann, Jake Lykins, Ellie Lykins, Samantha and Wyatt Lykins.
He was preceded in death by his father, R.M. Lykins; and his mother, Francis Lykins; a baby sister; and daughter-in-law, Marcy Lykins.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Bangs.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.
Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.