Richard Cary Hyde, Sr.

Published 11:45 am Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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Richard Cary Hyde, Sr., 88, of Gastonia, North Carolina, went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.  He died of natural causes in his home.  His life was a testament to many.  He was an amazing man of faith, an example of a loving husband, steady provider, nurturing father, and good friend to the community.

Born June 24, 1932 in LaGrange, Georgia.  He graduated from LaGrange High School and Auburn University, and spent the majority of his professional career in textile management.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Editha Robinson Hyde, and children Richard Cary Hyde, Jr. and wife Robin, Jerry Thomas Hyde and wife, Vickie, Jeffery Thames Hyde and wife Natalie, and Rebecca Ruth Hyde Smith and husband John. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Richard Cary Hyde, III (Tres) and wife Jennie, Ryan Marie Hyde, Jarrett Thomas Hyde, Austin Taylor Hyde, Joe Zachary Hyde, Henry Jefferson Hyde, Jena Smith Felten and husband Noah, Anna Marie Smith, and Trent Wallace Smith. and great grandson, Richard James Hyde.  He is also survived by his sister, Bettianne Harris of Rome, Georgia.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ella Ruth Gordy Hyde and Joe Glenn Hyde, Sr. of LaGrange and his brother, Joe Glenn Hyde, Jr.

In every community Richard and Editha lived: LaGrange, Milton, Florida, Valdese, North Carolina, and Gastonia, North Carolina, he was a leader in his work and involved with his family, his church, and greater community.

Richard was known for his friendly smile, hospitable personality, and optimistic nature. 

The family received friends at Flint Groves Baptist Church, 2023 Flint Lane, Gastonia from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 1.  Internment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese, North Carolina at a future date. 

Condolences may be sent to the Hyde family online at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to the Brookside Backpack Ministry at Flint Groves Baptist Church, 2017 E. Ozark Avenue, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Hyde family.