Michael Oris Hyder, 68, most popularly known as Mike or N4NT, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at his home.
A native of Johnson City, he was the son of the late Judge Oris Doyle and Margaret McKinney Hyder. Mike was a member of Wayside Missionary Baptist Church in Johnson City, and the Science Hill High School Class of 1963.
In youth, Mike climbed the ranks to achieve Eagle Scout at the age of 14, and accepted the Eagle’s Obligation. He proudly served his country from 1966-1970 as a Specialist 6, E-6 Arabic Translator in the U.S. Army Security Agency. During his service, Mike was located in Asmera, Eritrea, where he was also a member of the skydiving club sponsored by the military.
Upon release from the military, Mike attended UT School of Law, where he received his J.D., started his family, and became a local prosecutor. Later Mike started a private practice with his father, “Hyder & Hyder,” prior to retirement.
During retirement Mike enjoyed helping his family learn about the newest technologies and spent many hours fixing their electronics. He was an aficionado of tinkering. Mike was also an avid Ham radio enthusiast; he took great pride in being a member of the Chicken Fat Operators (CFO #866) Club, and enjoyed Ham Fests on weekends with his children.
Mike always had a soft spot in his heart for animals and rescued several dogs over the years, knowing they truly were man’s best friend. Mike’s intellect and rhetoric entertained those who loved him, and established strong memories for many to hold onto and share with future generations.
In addition to his parents, Mike is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Exum Hyder.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Beverly Green Hyder; children, Michael Exum Hyder, Johnson City, TN, Elizabeth Hyder Andrews and husband, Shawn Andrews, Chicago, IL, Margaret Anne Hyder, Johnson City, TN, and their mother, Anne Gasteiger Hyder; grandchildren, Liam Alston Andrews and Elise Mackenzie Andrews; two sisters, Patricia Hyder OBrion and husband, Jim OBrion, Richmond, VA, and Mary Colin Santos and husband, Michael Santos, Lynchburg, VA; one brother in-law, Doug Green, Johnson City; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Wayside Church Family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mailien Rogers, RN Blaine Hester and the Oncology Nurses at the VA Medical Center for the thoughtful care, kindness, friendship, and guidance given to Mike and his family.
In lieu of flowers, Mike asked that memorial contributions be given to Wayside Missionary Baptist Church, 2516 Watauga Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601; or to the Washington County Animal Shelter, 525 Sells Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604.
The family requests the honor of your presence at a Celebration of Life service for Mike at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Wayside Missionary Baptist Church, Johnson City, with Pastor Steve Hilman officiating.
There will be a reception immediately following the service at the church.
A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Memories and condolences can be viewed and shared with the family at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is proudly serving the Hyder family.