Ltc. (ret) William R. (Dick) Hyder of Crossville passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Dick was born September 24, 1947 in Pleasant Hill, TN. He is the son of Jeanette and the late Bill Hyder. He is survived by his wife Sharon, their two daughters Sherry Hyder Hales (Bobby) and Whitney Hyder Lowe, grandsons Braxton and Conor Lowe, Robert Hales, granddaughter Carson Hales, a sister Nancy Hyder, as well as extended family.
Ltc. Hyder was a drafted into the Army at 19 years of age and arrived in Vietnam at the age of 21. Over the course of 23 years, he achieved high recognition for his outstanding degree of professionalism, bravery and devotion to duty. Among his commendations are: The Silver Star for gallantry in action, The Bronze Star with V Device for acts of heroism in a combat zone, The Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial flight, The Army Commendation Medal, and The Combat Infantry Badge.
Following his military career he worked in Juvenile Probation and served as Cumberland County’s Youth Service Officer and later became the first Director of Personnel for the Cumberland County Board of Education. He enjoyed spending time at home, staying up to date on politics, reading and being “Papa” to his grandchildren.
He remained true to the sense of duty, discipline and patriotism he learned in the military as friends and family can attest.
Family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Post 9/11 Combat Memorial: Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council 848 Livingston Road Suite 101 PMB 100 Crossville, TN 38555.