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Edna Ruth Hyder
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Birth: Feb. 24, 1928
Elizabethton
Carter County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 2011
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA

Edna Ruth Hyder, age 82, died on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

A native of Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Waldo Emerson Hyder, Sr. and Artie Etta Beasley Hyder. She was preceded in death by her brother, Rev. Ralph Hyder, over 20 years ago.

The Hyder family has lived in Carter County since the 1700's, after emigrating from Germany, and Miss Hyder was a descendant of a Revolutionary War Patriot, who was also a leader in the short-lived State of Franklin. He established the first powder mill in the area, which was instrumental in the colonist's fight for freedom, and relatives were among the Overmountain Men, who fought the great battle at King's Mountain, helping secure our independance from the Crown.

As a child, Miss Hyder lived in both Johnson City, where she was enumerated, at age two, on the 1930 census, and Elizabethton. Her mother's people were prominent in the former, her father's, in the latter. Miss Hyder, tragically, lost her father, at the age of 4. Like his ancestors before him, Ralph Hyder, Sr., had fought for his country, serving in WWI. In combat, he was exposed to Mustard Gas, and the injury he suffered on the battlefield, protecting our freedom, eventually cost him his life, though he was not yet 35 years of age. Miss Hyder, therefore, came naturally to a love of history, love for our country, and a life of serving others. It was in her blood.

After graduating from Watauga Academy of Butler, TN and Carson-Newman College, she was employed by the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, where she taught for 11 years. Miss Hyder then became a teacher at Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy (now called Kings Academy), where she taught for 32 years. She is recalled fondly by students as a dynamic teacher of history, and, as Senior sponsor, a fearless leader of many trips to Washington, D.C. (home of her favorite NFL team), Niagara Falls, and N.Y.C.. She was also an avid Lady Vol Fan.

Like her ancestors before her, Miss Hyder loved serving others selflessly, long past her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Knoxville, TN, where she remained active, and continued to give of herself, teaching the Rebekah Sunday School Class for Senior Ladies, and serving as a member of the church's Senior Adult Choir.


She is survived by her special cousins, Ector Matherly and his wife Era Mae, Karen Matherly, Gerald Matherly, Kaitlin Matherly, Wesley Matherly, Danny Hyder and his wife Debbie, Bram Hyder, Kerry Hyder and many of her cousins and friends.

A woman of simple tastes and modest ways, Miss Hyder's wish was that there was to be no formal funeral home visitation, or indoor services there. Instead, a short graveside service, led by cousin Ector Matherly, was held, in keeping with her wishes. Interment was on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at the Little Cemetery in Elizabethton, TN. Miss Hyder's grandmother was a member of the Little family, before her marriage into the Hyder clan.

Condolences may be sent to the family, via Elizabethton Memorial Funeral Chapel, at mfc@chartertn.net. Tributes, virtual flowers, and photos may be left here, on this site, by friends, family, former collegues, and students. Those wishing to honor her life with a charitable donation may wish to give to HCBA, where she taught more than 3 decades, or to her church, 1st Baptist, Knoxville.

A Time of Remembrance will also be held for Miss Hyder at 1st Baptist, Knoxville, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at
11 o'clock in the morning. Friends, former students, collegues, & family are encouraged to attend. 
 
Burial:
Little Cemetery
Carter County
Tennessee, USA
 
Maintained by: Cathy Estes Sparks
Originally Created by: Judy
Record added: Jan 03, 2011
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Edna Ruth Hyder
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Edna Ruth Hyder
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Miss Edna will be missed by the thousands of students she touched over the years!
- Matt Harmon
 Added: Jan. 27, 2011
She was my great teacher of 2 history classes at once during summer school! Make excellent grade. :) I can wait to see her in heaven. She would be exicting to see the Lord. Dont mourn, of course miss her.
- Gary Craig
 Added: Jan. 8, 2011
You will be missed! Thanks for making high school so memorable.
- Kim Truitt Butler
 Added: Jan. 5, 2011
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