Evelda Stearsman Guest Columnist
October 17, 2013
Recently June Robinson and I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with June Lyne, former State Representative for Todd and Logan Counties from 1984-1994. June Robinson stated that when she thought of June Lyne she could almost hear Jody Richardson say, “The chair recognizes the lovely lady from Logan and Todd Counties.” To this day, June Lyne is still a lovely lady, a gracious lady, and a lady of integrity.
Born to Hugh and Margaret Dawson, farmers from Schochoh, June did not have any political ambitions in life. Like many young ladies in Logan County she married at 17, became a housewife and mother, lived and worked of their farm and later went to work for Brown Warehouse as an office manager and bookkeeper. All of the local farmers knew her so Robert Wislon and Warren McReynolds talked her into running for State Representative in 1981. During that first campaign she pledged to listen to the citizens of Todd and Logan Counties and incorporate their ideas and needs into a Logan-Todd agenda saying, “I will do my best to be the citizens’ “Direct Lyne” to Frankfort. She and Lewis Foster tied, so they flipped a coin to see who would go to Frankfort. Lewis Foster won. Two years later, June ran again and this time she won. Her opponent Bobby Brown of Lewisburg stated, “She will make a good representative.” She was only one of two women who joined the House that year.
Lyne sought out reelection in 1986 and won again. In 1987, she was appointed to the Agriculture and Small Business Task Force, as well as becoming Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Counties and Special Districts. She felt both committees were “vitally important to the 16th House District.” She had to turn down chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Small Business because of a family emergency, but was grateful that the House recognized her abilities. Representative Lyne ran again in 1988 and 1992 stating, “My family and my constituents have always been top priorities and will continue to be. My only special interest is the people of the 16th Congressional District.”
Lyne decided to retire in 1994 saying she wanted to spend time with her family who had been so supportive throughout the 10 years. Upon retirement she said that the 10 years she spent in the House were the best 10 years of her life, and that the members of the House treated her like royalty. When she retired she still worked for the citizens of Logan County by keeping her close connections with the leadership in Frankfort. Hardly a week went by for years without calls for help. Jane Harper, who later ran for State Representative said June Lyne did millions of things to help the people of the 16th.
When asked what she wanted to accomplish that she couldn’t, June said, “more roads for the 2 counties.” One big accomplishment that was a blessing for Todd and Logan was support of 68/80. She left the House with a good name and with the knowledge that she continually communicated with the people from Todd and Logan.
June had devoted the past 19 years to her family- husband, Nelson; daughter, Patty; her son-in-law; 3 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She has also been an active member of the Logan County Democrats and a long standing member of Bethany Church of Christ.
Representative Lyne, thank you for your service.
The Democrats of Logan County invite you to join us on Oct. 26, 2013, at 5 p.m. to honor former State Representative June Lyne at the Agricultural Extension Complex on 68/80 Bypass. Tickets are $15 or 2 for $25 and $10 for children 12 and under. Call Evelda Stearsman at 726-9536 or 725-1508 or see any member of the Democratic Executive Committee or Women’s Club for tickets. Seating is limited, so don’t delay, call now. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 21.