Bill Hyde, son of the late Don and Dell (Cockerham) Hyde, was born October 21, 1936, in Tulare, California, and passed away October 31, 2020, at Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He was 84 years and ten days of age.
After living in California for a short time, Bill’s family moved back to Mountain Grove where he was raised. Bill graduated from Mountain Grove High School and then joined the United States Navy. On June 9, 1956, when he was on leave, Bill married Nadine Whetstine in Cabool, Missouri. After completing his tour of duty, he returned to Mountain Grove and worked at Brown Shoe Company for a short time. In 1958, he was hired by Sho-Me-Power Cooperative where he worked for 43 years. After retirement, Bill served on the Sho-Me-Power Cooperative Board and the Se-Ma-No Board.
Bill was saved and baptized at Southside Baptist Church. He and Nadine raised their family and attended Southside Baptist Church for many years. He was also a part of the church quartet. Later, he attended First Baptist Church for as long as his health permitted.
In his younger years, Bill showed horses and barrel raced and had many ribbons and trophies to prove it. He was very active in the community and also coached many Little League ball games. He was an avid hunter with a mounted 21-point buck. He was a golfer with many holes-in-one and witnesses that will attest to it. He also was a fisherman and his grandson, Steven, referred to him as a “white bass catching machine.” He also loved camping and time spent with family and friends at the lake.
In 2012, his granddaughter, Shana, interviewed her grandpa Bill for a college paper. She asked if he could say one last thing to his family, what he would say. His answer was, “Be in church and serve the Lord.”
Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Nadine; one brother, Ron Hyde; and three brothers-in-law, Perry McClenahan, Carroll Foster, and Louis Still.
He is survived by one son, Mike Hyde and wife Lori, and two daughters, Teresa Miller and husband Keith and Karen Curtis and husband Dean, all of Mountain Grove; one sister, Phyllis Sullivant and husband Bob of Raytown, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Mackey Queen and husband Jim of Arkansas, Bobbie Still of Ozark, Missouri, and Ginny Hyde of Mountain Grove; two brothers-in-law, Joe Whetstine and wife Carol Jean and Tim Whetstine and wife Evelyn, all of Cabool, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Brad Sanders (Karalin), Steven Sanders (Jenni), Andrea Rogers (Nick), Amie Davis (Ryan), Shana O’Mary (Nick), Shaela Potter (Dakota), Michika Fangrow (Chris), Ashley Oberdiear, Jessica Heath (Clayton), Mikyla Coatney (Travis), Kyler Hyde, Preston Jarrett (Brittany), Hali Shaffer (Luke), Jaxen and Rileigh Holman; 28 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends who will remember him fondly.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. Gene Edwards officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.