B. Bruce Lyda (1935 - 2014)

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B. Bruce Lyda


B. Bruce Lyda, age 78, of Greenville passed into Heaven on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Born in Fountain Inn, S.C., Bruce was the son of the late Beaty and Annie Mae Lyda (Gaines). He was a graduate of Fountain Inn High School, elected as Best Dressed, an outstanding baseball player and lettered in all sports, but his love for golf surpassed all others.

After a successful 20 year career in the U.S. Navy as a submariner, he continued his education at Greenville Tech in Marketing and Food Science. He was the manager of a local restaurant for 10 years, Property Manager for 10 years and a principal in Lyda's Interiors. He was a member of the VFW, a KCBS master BBQ judge and a lifelong member of the International Food Service Executive Association who ran the golf tournament for several years. Bruce was also a volunteer for many downtown events. He loved gardening and working in his yard.

He always said his greatest achievement in life was his children. He is survived by his wife Mary Brown Lyda, his sons Barry and wife Debbie, Jeff and wife Nita, both of Simpsonville, S.C., Andy and wife Ashley of Charleston, S.C., daughter Kim Givens of Simpsonville, and loving step-daughter Missy Hunter and husband Bobby of Easley. He was predeceased by a son, Christopher Lee Lyda.

Siblings Carole Meyer and Beryl Rumfelt of Waterloo, S.C. Susan Lyda of Inman, S.C., step-brother Rev. Ted Gaines of Greenville and step-sister Sarah Felwock, eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a very special friend Stan Gibson of Greenville.

Receiving of friends will be at Thomas McAfee, Northwest from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Service will be conducted by Rev. Ted Gaines at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The committal will be at Robinson Memorial Gardens, Powdersville Road in Easley. The family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, S.C. 29334, or a .

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com

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Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel
639 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-6733
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Published in The Greenville News on Apr. 21, 2014
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