Goodbye, Dr. Lyle

April 25, 2008 at 12:05 pm (Uncategorized)

I read the obits every day, and have since I was a kid. This morning I saw that Dr. Jim Lyle of Women’s Care Specialists died. He cared for many women and delivered plenty of babies, including mine (well, he assisted my under-five-foot-tall OB in the deliveries at least). Dr. Lyle was special and I know those whose lives he touched are grateful for his time on Earth.

LYLE, JAMES EDWIN “JIM,” III, MD, age 56, died April 24, 2008 in Birmingham, AL. Jim grew up in Florence, AL, where he graduated from Bradshaw High School and Florence State University. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Family Practice at Columbus Georgia Medical Center. He then returned to Birmingham where he completed his residency in OB-GYN at Caraway Methodist Medical Center. Jim practiced obstetrics-gynecology for 28 years with 25 of those years spent at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham and 3 years in Auburn. He retired from practice in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. While at Brookwood, he served in many capacities including president of his medical group, Women’s Care Specialists, from its inception in 1985 until 2007. He was chairman of the Department of OB-GYN and was on the Medical Executive Committee at Brookwood Medical Center from 2004 until 2007. He was president of Women’s Diagnostic Center from 1988 until 1989. Jim was a member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, Jefferson County Medical Society as well as a Fellow of the American College of OB-GYN and Diplomate of the American Board of OB-GYN. Jim was a kind and generous soul who was loved by everyone. On the annual Doctors Day at Brookwood “Women’s” Medical Center in 2004, with the Academy Awards as their theme, Jim received “Best Achievement in Winning Hearts” as voted on by the employees of Brookwood “Women’s” Medical Center. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Shelia; his five children, Dr. James Edwin “Win” Lyle, IV (Catherine) of Auburn, Natalie Dickerson (Doug) of Auburn, Alison Sanda (Mark) of Birmingham, Bevin and Reagan Lyle of Birmingham; his seven grandchildren, Andrew, John, Christopher, James and Margaret Lyle, and Trey and Kate Dickerson. He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Templeton Lyle, and father, James Edwin Lyle, Jr. (Vivian). Jim wanted to thank Dr. Ira Gore for his excellent medical care during his illness and also the nurses at Bruno Cancer Center and the 4th Floor Oncology nurses at St. Vincent’s for their kindness. He also wanted to express his appreciation to his partners, patients, friends, and family for their love and support during his illness. In lieu of flowers, Jim asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Church of the Highlands, Grants Mill Campus. There will be a private family graveside following the service. Pastor Steve Blair will be officiating.


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  1. mama manda said,

    Dr. Lyle delivered my daughter Katherine on 11-11-05. I had a very rare and very complicated pregnancy. Dr. Lyle took the time to make sure that my daughter and i had the best chance possible to survive. I was very uncomfortable during this pregnancy. With very little being known about the condition that i had, Dr. Lyle took much extra time doing research and trying new experimental treatments on me. I will forever be greatful for his time and effort. He delivered my baby two full months early and he was right there beside me every step of the way. I had the same condition during a previous pregnancy and no one ever took the time to figure out what was wrong. I did not know until Dr.Lyle diagnosed me, that my condition was very dangerous not only to my daughter but for me as well. He did everything in his power to make me and my daughter comfortable and healthy. i will never forget the day that he told me he needed to admit me for the last time and go ahead and deliver her because my womb had become a “hostile environment”. As scared as i was, I couldnt help but laugh. Dr. Lyle, I have the upmost respect for you and I will never forget your caring and kind nature toward me and my family. I owe my daughters successful existance solely to you. Rest easy Dr. Lyle, you will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family whom I know he loved very very much. Take heart in knowing he was an angel right here on earth.
    Amanda Donald

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