LYDE, Mrs. Jearldine - Age 63, made her heavenly transition, Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Genesys Health Park. Family hour 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2012 at House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, G-1851 W. Carpenter Rd., with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Pastor Kenneth L. Stewart, officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the church 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Mrs. Lyde will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 1-8 p.m. Friday.
Mrs. Jearldine Lyde was born July 8, 1949 in Crawford, Mississippi to the proud parents of Mr. J.B. and Hattie Mae O’dneal. At the young age of seven, Mrs. Lyde’s mother made her transition to heaven, leaving young Jearldine to be raised by her grandmother, Mrs. Emmadale. Through the guidance of her grandmother, Jearldine was taught the principles of Christianity at an early age. Jearldine was a graduate of Moore High School in Crawford, MS. As a teenager, she met the love of her life, Sam Lyde, whom she married on September 9, 1967. Later, the couple relocated to Flint, Michigan, where they raised their three beautiful girls. As a resident of Flint, Jearldine served as a Crossing Guard for Flint Public Schools, retiring from her post at Brownell Elementary in 1990. Although she enjoyed the peacefulness of retirement, her heart was fixated on serving her community. She later rejoined Flint Public Schools in 1995, working as a lunch aid at Gundry Elementary until the school closed its doors. She later relocated to Brownell Elementary, where she served children until the end of the 2012 academic year. Mrs. Lyde was a proud and dedicated member of the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church for over 30 years. Loving the Lord was her passion, and she would proudly exclaim her gratefulness of God’s grace and mercy whenever her heart desired. Known for her tough as nails exterior, Jearldine was full of love of compassion, which she displayed daily to her family. She enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts activities and was an avid reader. She also spent numerous hours in her yard, working tirelessly to maintain the best landscaped yard on the block! Mrs. Lyde loved basketball, especially college ball. March Madness was her favorite time of year and you where very brave to interrupt her during this time. Jearldine enjoyed spending time with her family most of all.
Gone too soon, she leaves to cherish in loving memory her husband of 44 years, Sam Lyde; children, Stephanie Lyde of Lothian, MD, Tamaki Lyde of Flint and Kaunda Lyde of Alexandria, VA; grandson, Kwame Lyde; sisters, Mary (Mose) Tucker, Barbara Brooks, and Queen Sykes; brothers, J.B. (Johnnie) O’dneal Jr., Willie (Faye) O’dneal, and W.F. (Harriet) O’dneal; sisters-in-law, Mamie Brown, Beatrice (John) Lyons, and Susie Jackson; brother-in-law, Tommie (Rosie Lee) Lyde, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including special friends Mrs. Bettie Brown, Mr. Henry Cheatham, and Mr. Jessie Hurse.
Mrs. Lyde was preceded in death by her parents, J.B. O’dneal and Hattie Mae O’dneal; grandmother, Emma Dale; in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Lyde; brothers-in-law, Roosevelt Jackson and Robert Brown; sister-in-law, Maggie Carter; and special friend, Lula Hurse.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation and gratitude to Elder Kenneth Stewart and the House of Prayer Church family, our extended family, and countless friends for their acts of sympathy shown during our time of bereavement.