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 16, 2011
    Gwen Hill says:
    He was a gentleman cowboy and we will miss him.

  • May 16, 2011
    Stan and Lorie Badger says:
    You will be sorely missed, JT. You always had an anecdote for everything. We both appreciated your friendship, and you will continue to live on in our hearts. Michelle, may you and your family's hearts be comforted in your time of loss.

  • May 16, 2011
    Pardee Chaplaincy Services says:
    We will always be here if you need anything.

  • May 19, 2011
    Mira Brown Trowbridge says:
    J.T. had such a twinkle in his eyes that you always had to smile when you looked at him. He provided my first experience in riding and gave me my appaloosa Mindy to love and enjoy. I got the blessing of being in the great NC mountains with a real cowboy. J.T mentioned several times that maybe he was born a few years too late. The loves of his life was his daughter Michelle, his horse "Star" and his pickup truck. He would go out into the mountains while I was at work and get our campsite set up. I got my opportunity to sleep in the tent or out under the stars. He made me feel secure so out under the stars we slept. He had dinner ready to be cooked when we got back to the camp and a bottle of champagne in the cold creek behind us to share and we talked long hours into the night. He would surprise me often with flowers, cards, gifts, loafing trips, stories, and his daughter Michelle's visits. He could hold me, hug me and I knew the world would be alright. I still hold you in your special place in my heart. I will always think of you on your heavenly trails. Happy Trails J.T. with love and laughter. Mira