James Thomas “J.T” Lyda

April 6, 1947 - May 14, 2011
James Thomas “J.T” Lyda

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J.T. Lyda, 64, a beloved father and grandfather, of Henderson County passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011. He was an electrician and had retired from the United States Army. He was an avid horseman and motorcyclist.

He is survived by one daughter, Diane Michelle Lyda Murdock; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Aidan Murdock.

Military Honors for J. T. Lyda will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday, May 21, 2011 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home by the Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14. A Celebration of Life service will follow the Military Honors.


Saturday, May 21, 2011
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • May 19, 2011
    Dwayne and Kerri says:
    Michelle, I know at this time you are at a loss with your sorrow but remember that Uncle J.T. loved you very much and was proud of you. Always remember his love for you and let it comfort you during your time of need.I love you and we will always be here for you.

  • February 16, 2014
    Ethan L Murdock says:
    Papa, It has been nearly three years since you passed. I still think of you daily, I look at this site hoping someone else posted something about you. Praying I see another story, I cannot put into words how deeply I miss you. I will never forget the times, laughs, and conversations we shared. I only wish I had taken more time to spend with you. I try so hard to be a man that you would be proud of. I am now seventeen and still feel as though I am shadowing you. On my birthday I pulled out the cards you gave me in years past and realized how much I miss you and the impact you had on me. I have always known but the reminder was both heart breaking and heart warning. Someday I will see you again. I only wish that someday was here on earth with the horses just like old times. Life simply will never be the same without your opinions and guidance. You are greatly missed. -Your Little Bud

  • December 09, 2012
    Walter Clark says:
    I just found out today that SFC Lyda has passed away. We served together at Ft. Bragg fro 1982-85. I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was a fine man!

  • December 02, 2012
    brittany says:
    love u daddy

  • July 11, 2012
    Carol Brooks says:
    J T was a wonderful and smart man who lived his life fully. He and I had such fun adventures during our brief time together. I hope he had happiness in his heart when he passed. Michelle, please remember that your Dad loved you and those grandkids so much. Take care.