Lewis Perry Lyda
Story furnished by Clarence
Lewis Perry Lyda was the son
of Pinckney and Carolyn Green Lyda and was born in Hendersonville, N.
C. on February 1, 1877. He came to Spartanburg in 1898 at the age of 21
and began working at Converse Mills. He transferred to Glendale about
the turn of the century and began working in the machine shop.
Following the retirement of John Taylor Varner Sr. in 1938, Mr. Lyda
was promoted to Master Mechanic, continuing some 8 years until his
Perry was a peach of a guy,
admired and appreciated by everyone who knew him. He was a musician,
playing the fiddle and banjo, perhaps other instruments. He was a
genuine craftsman. He made numerous metal and wood products for his
family and friends. He made a multi-drawer wood cabinet for the Sunday
School Department of the Glendale Baptist Church which is being used at
Perry also loved to raise
chickens and peacocks. The above pictures shows him at the cage of the
peacocks. He was always in a trot. Someone said that he was always in
such a hurry that he started his car in high gear. He and his family
were good friends of this writer. He was a member of the Glendale
Baptist Church where he attended the Men’s Bible Class. This writer was
his Sunday School Teacher for some 8 or 10 years.
Perry was twice married. His
first marriage was to Mary Bruce Lyda, born in 1884. They were the
parents of five children. Three sons;
Hoyt Perry Lyda was born September 16, 1905, died May 18, 1927.
Coy Lyda was born January 6, 1907, died November 1, 1911.
Lector P. Lyda was born August 11, 1911, died January 19, 1961.
Neither of the boys married. Lector served in the army during WW2,
being injured on the battlefield from which he never recovered. Two
daughters; Fannie Lyda was born April 12, 1909. Fannie married James R.
Reaves of Glendale. They were the parents of two children; Tommy Reaves
who married Monte Ballard of Spartanburg and Patsy Reaves who married
Raymond Rowan of Leeds, Ala. Fannie Lyda Reaves died May 31, 1993. The
second daughter, Labama Lyda was born June 5, 1915. Labama married
Grover Phillips of Reidville, S.C. They were the parents of one
daughter, Elaine Phillips Walden of Pacolet, S.C. Labama Lyda Phillips
died November 23, 1952.
Mary Bruce Lyda died at her
home on Saturday, September 26, 1936, after a lingering illness. She
was 57 years of age. Her obituary stated that she had lived in Glendale
over 30 years and was well known. They lived for many years in the last
house on Sixteen (Highland) street. She was a member of the Glendale
Baptist Church. Her survivors were listed as; her husband, Perry Lyda;
Mrs. Fannie L. Reaves and Labama Lyda; one son, Lector Lyda, all of
Glendale; one brother, Crawford Bruce of Spartanburg, S. C; two
grandchildren. Flower Bearers; Sally Lancaster, Clistie Thomas, and
Bonnie Hyder. Services were held in the Glendale Baptist Church. She
and all her children are buried in the Glendale Cemetery. (flower
bearers were common at funerals in those days)
Perry’s second marriage was
to Alice Kennedy, born September 30, 1904. A native of Rutherford
County, N. C., she was the daughter of Thomas and Laura Jolly Kennedy.
She became a member of the Glendale Baptist Church. They became the
parents of two sons. Bruce Lyda, who married Joyce Rochester of
S.C., and Stanley Lyda who married Shirley Ann Sprouse of
Perry Lyda’s obituary,
published in the Spartanburg Herald & Journal, stated that he had
died at 9:45 A.M. Tuesday, October 10, 1972 at the age of 95 following
a sudden illness. He was survived by; his two sons, Stanley Lyda of
Country Club Road, Bruce Lyda of R.4 Spartanburg, S.C.; his daughter,
Fannie Reaves of Glendale; four grandchildren and five great
grandchildren. Services were held in the Glendale Baptist Church with
interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
The Spartanburg Herald and
Journal had honored him on Father’s day, Sunday June 18, 1972 with a
full page spread telling of his work and activities.
Alice Kennedy Lyda died
August 9, 1989 at the age of 84 in the Spartanburg Regional Hospital.
Survivors were listed as; two sons, Bruce and Stanley Lyda of
Spartanburg; two sisters, Ethel Sanders of Spartanburg, Vivian Hicks of
Rutherfordton, N.C.; two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at
the Glendale Baptist Church with interment being in Greenlawn Memorial
Gardens along side of her husband.
My deep appreciation to Bruce
Lyda for helping me pull together some facts and pictures for this
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