Dillard P. Hyde

Dillard P. Hyde, age 99 of the Stecoah community of Robbinsville, NC passed away, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at his residence.

   He was a native of Graham County and the son of the late Virgil Harley Hyde and Claudia Hice Hyde.    

   In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Hyde; son, David Rex Hyde; daughter, Susan Hyde; brothers, Willard Hyde, Walt Hyde; and sisters, Katie Hyde, Fannie Burr, and Louise Kerr.

   During his early years Dillard worked construction.  He helped move boulders in preparation for the foundation of Fontana Dam and later went to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during WWII. After the war Dillard decided to go north to Washington, DC and obtained at job at Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority.  Dillard worked at a WMTA Bus Terminal and walked to work from 13th Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave. everyday for several years.  After leaving Washington, Dillard moved back to Charlotte  and became Shop foreman for A.G. Boone where he maintained their fleet of trucks that delivered merchandise for A&P Grocery Stores.  He later retired from A.G. Boone in 1984 and moved back to the Stecoah Community.

   Dillard helped construct Stecoah Baptist church and was an active member until his failing health.  Dillard was a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and a prayer Warrior; the ability to call out to Christ in prayer sustained him through many times of trouble.  His faith in the Lord was one of his most valued possessions. 

   He was also a member of the Robbinsville Masonic Lodge #672 and the oldest standing member at the time of his death.

   He is survived by his grandchildren, Carrie Hyde of Indian Trail, NC, Christina Hyde of Charlotte; brothers and their wives, Jim and June Hyde, David and Yvonne Hyde all of Stecoah; sister-in-law, JoAnn Hyde of Stecoah; and brother-in-law, Jim Kerr of Sun Lake, AZ.

   Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20,  at Stecoah Baptist Church.  The Reverend G.D. Phillips officiated.  The family received friends from 12 till 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.  Masonic Rites were given by the Robbinsville Masonic Lodge #672.

   Committal Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Sharon Memorial Park, 5400 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC.

   Townson-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.  An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.

The Graham Star

Mailing address: P.O. Box 69, Robbinsville, NC 28771

Street address: 720 Tallulah Rd., Robbinsville, NC 28771

Phone number: 828-479-3383

Fax number: 828-479-1044