Phillip James Hyder, age 64, a native and lifelong resident of Hendersonville, passed away quietly Friday at the Elizabeth House with his loving family by his side. He was the son of the late Thomas James and Margaret Jackson Hyder. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Charles Morgan.
Phil was a graduate of East Henderson High School, Class of 1966 and was a member of the Hendersonville First Church of the Nazarene. Phil retired from Sutherland Insurance and Realty in October, 2010, having worked there for over 30 years. He also served as a magistrate in Henderson County for 18 years and served as vice-commissioner of the Henderson County Fire Commission. He was a lifetime member of Edneyville Fire Department. His heart was always in the fire service and law enforcement arena and it was his ultimate goal that he serve to the best of his ability.
Phil is survived by his devoted wife and constant companion, Gwen Morgan Hyder, his daughters, Michelle Hyder, and Jill Rumbough and her husband Frankie, and his precious grandchildren, Vincent, Cathryn, and Asher, all of Hendersonville, his mother-in-law, Robbie Harms and her husband, Henry of Hendersonville, sisters-in-law, Kim Marlowe of Little Rock, AR, Lynn Gilbert and Dawn Peters, of Green River, and brother-in-law, Dale Morgan of Green River, step-mother in-law, Helen Morgan of Flat Rock, a very special nephew, Jesse Peters, his wife Devon and little Charlie Marie, a very special niece, Lacie Peters, and numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, April 3, at Hendersonville First Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Sherman Waters and Rev. Roland Jones will officiate. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Monday, April 2, at the First Church of the Nazarene. At other times, the family will be at the home.
Pallbearers will be Rhett Lewis, Mark Nix, Dale Lamb, Ralph Knotts, Bill McClure, Todd Holder, Chuck Roper, and R.F. Saltz. The Henderson County Fire Honor Guard will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Edneyville Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792 or to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28731.