J. Garland Lyda

February 17, 1922 - March 16, 2015
J. Garland Lyda

J. Garland Lyda, 93, of Hendersonville passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at his home.

A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was born February 17, 1922. He was a son of the late Cebron and Hester B. Lyda. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Lyda; brothers, Homer, Glenn, Brownlow, Hilliard and Rome Lyda; and sister, Emma Darity.

Garland was a proud World War II veteran. He was an apple farmer and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

He is survived by his three children, Kevin Lyda and wife, Karla, Pat Mintz and husband, Seldon, and Marilyn Ryan; his grandchildren, Jay, Emilee and Sydney Lyda and Cheryl Rathburn; great-grandchildren, Doug and Bradley Rathburn; brother, J.K. Lyda; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Edneyville United Methodist Church. Reverend Steve Jones will officiate. Burial will follow at Fruitland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 ñ 2 PM Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Edneyville United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 799 Bearwallow Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.


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  • March 18, 2015
    Lisa Lyda says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My dad was Don Lyda and Pauline Timmerman was my grandmother.

  • March 19, 2015
    Jeff Pruitt says:
    He will be missed by so many! He was a very wise man that enjoyed life. Jeff Pruitt

  • March 20, 2015
    Sara and Bob Kellar says:
    Sending our condolences on your dad's passing, and also your mom's since we didn't know about her death. They were both good friends of our parents, J.L. and Selma Hunter, in Florida winters and NC summers. We always enjoyed our visits with them when we bought apples each fall. For the Hunter family, Sara and Bob Kellar