On Friday, November 4, 2022, Frank Hyde, Jr., age 75, of Mansfield, Texas, passed away in his home with his daughter Carman Smith and her loving companion Katie (dog) by his side.
Frank was born on August 5, 1947, in Manchester, Kentucky, to Frank Hyde, Sr and Flora Birch. Frank was preceded in death by his son Keith Franklin Hyde and River Charlie Phoenix Hyde (Cat); his parents Frank Hyde, Sr. and Flora Birch; sisters Virginia Faye Pennington and Margie Harris; brothers Mackey Hyde and Fred Hyde. He leaves behind his children Katherine Walker Jones (Daniel Jones), Davina Walker, Kermit (Dickie) Crawford (Angie Crawford), and Carman Smith (Melvin Smith); Grandkids John Riley, Stephanie Williams (Orlando Williams, Jr), Daniel Jones (Keisha Jones), Brandon Jones (Aaliyah Jones), Thomas Alexander Hyde, Cameron Walker, Meleah Smith, Natacha Smith, Ayriona Bledsoe, Janaya Bledsoe, Willow Crawford, and Jaiden Crawford; sisters Judy McCowan, Mary Collins (Jerry Collins), Willie Hyde and Ruby Howington, a host of great grandkids and nieces and nephews.
Sgt. Frank Hyde, Jr was a United States Army Veteran who voluntarily served two tours during the Vietnam War. Frank was a truck driver by trade and often told stories of his uncle teaching him to drive a truck as a little kid. He was a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. Frank was loved by all who knew him. He had a loving spirit that shined as bright as the sun. Children and adults alike were drawn to him and his huge smile and open arms. Frank made sure everyone knew they were loved and cherished by him.
Frank loved to travel and explore new places with his family. He had awesome adventures visiting places such as Yellowstone National Park and experiencing Old Faithful, the Painted Desert, and the Petrified Forest, as well as hiking and exploring lakes and caves throughout Arizona, Kentucky, and Montana. Frank was larger than life with a personality to match. He was an avid fisherman who loved to hang out on the water with his son, nephews, and friends. Frank was loving and kind and loyal to a fault. Frank never met a stranger, only new friends. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, kids, and grandkids more than anything else. Frank could always make you smile and often blush with his sense of humor. Frank was an avid reader. If he was driving anywhere, you better believe he was listening to a book on tape. Frank Hyde, Jr. will be missed by all who knew him and will be forever in our hearts.
Cremation arrangements by Lone Star Cremation.