Born: February 14, 1939 Died: February 18, 2010 Max Lyall Dr. Max Lyall, a native of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, passed away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 18, 2010. He was Professor of Church Music at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California for twenty-five years. Following this, he served for five years as Minister of Music at Woodbrook Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He began his career as an educator on the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee after having served as Assistant Music Editor for the Church Music Department of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now Lifeway) in Nashville.
Dr. Lyall graduated from Tonkawa High School in 1957, then in 1959 from Northern Oklahoma Junior College. Afterwards, he received the Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1961 and a Master of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma along with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He has continued his education on the Visiting Scholar program at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Lyall has frequently been on the faculty for church music conferences at Glorieta (New Mexico) and Ridgecrest (North Carolina) Conference Centers. He has been a visiting professor of church music and concert performer at Baptist seminaries in Brazil, Argentina, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Zambia. He was honored by Oklahoma Baptist University with a Profiles in Excellence award in 1987. He served on the Hymnal Committee for the 1991 edition of Baptist Hymnal. The Baptist Church Music conference; Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma awarded him Honorary Life Membership in 1992 and Hines Sims Award in 2003. Dr. Lyall was presented with the Distinguished Music Alumni Award in 2002 from Oklahoma Baptist University. He also received from Tonkawa High School the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and is a charter member and accompanist for The Century Men. He also served for 40 years as Pianist at Falls Creek Baptist Assembly in Davis, Oklahoma.
Dr. Lyall made his home in Oklahoma City was an Associate Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of OKC.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Harold C. Lyall Sr. and Ila A. Lyall, brother; Harold Lyall, Jr. and sister; Jearoldine D. Hurst
Survivors include his brother; J.D. "Cotton" Lyall and wife Willa Mae of Tonkawa, sister; Veda M. Tull of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Guy Lyall and wife Lois of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, sister-in-law; Emma Lyall of Ponca City, Oklahoma. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and a great host of friends.
Probably no friend of Max knew him in so may places and settings as I. Belmont, Californian and Baltimore--we just kept following one another around the country. He was so accomplished, I always tought of him being older than I. He was alwys Max and a very special person and friend. Our loss is heaven's gain.