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Mary Ellen Barnett Lyda
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1909
Gramling
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 2011
Inman
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA

INMAN, SC-- Mary Barnett Lyda, 102, local educator for over 40 years, died at her home, 2976 Holly Springs Road, on Friday, June 3, 2011. She was born in Gramling, SC, on February 25, 1909, the eldest child of the late John William and Sallie Layne Barnett. She was married to the late R.E. Lyda for 53 years.
Mrs. Lyda was a 1927 graduate of Asheville Normal Teachers College. She taught in Spartanburg County Schools for more than 20 years and was Spartanburg County School Attendance Supervisor for 20 years. At the time of her death, Mrs. Lyda was the oldest member of Holly Springs Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years.
She is survived by her son, John William Lyda and his wife Debbie of Advance, NC; and her daughter, Mary Layne Lyda Lytle and her husband Gary of the home. She was a vital support and inspiration in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jefferey Ross Lyda of Atlanta, GA, John Edward (Jed) and Bonnie Blackwell of Reidville, Sallie Layne Blackwell Kirkland, and her husband Collon Kirkland, III (Tre'), Carter and Anderson Kirkland (twins) of Campobello. She was also survived by Sean, Lisa, Elizabeth and Noah Lytle of Pauline, Tilli, Mack, Rachil and Zack McAllister of Knoxville, TN, Audrey, Jesse, Olivia and Lucus Young of Smyrna, GA.
Funeral services will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church, Inman, SC, on Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2:00 pm conducted by Dr. Tim Clark and Rev. Henry Stanford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Following the service, the family will receive friends at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Methodist College, the R.E. and Mary B. Lyda Endowed Scholarship Fund, Development Office, 1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.
Online condolences may be made to www.thewoodmortuary. com.
The Wood Mortuary. Her obituary was published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from June 4 to June 5, 2011. 
 
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 Parents:
  John William Barnett (1873 - 1945)
  Sallie Layne Barnett (1877 - 1956)
 
 Spouse:
  R, E. Lyda (1909 - 1988)*
 
 Sibling:
  Mary Ellen Barnett Lyda (1909 - 2011)
  Eldridge C Barnett (1919 - 1976)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
Inman
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Nolen Brunson
Originally Created by: Record Hunter
Record added: Jul 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39504098
Mary Ellen <i>Barnett</i> Lyda
Added by: Record Hunter
 
Mary Ellen <i>Barnett</i> Lyda
Added by: Record Hunter
 
 
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You passed on your knowledge to other generations. You kept the light of inspiration buring bright. Those who teach are a very special blessing. Rest In Peace.
- Record Hunter
 Added: Jun. 5, 2011

- David ~ Effie
 Added: Jun. 4, 2011
 
 
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