James Poindexter Lyde, age 94, quietly left this life September 2, 2012,in Dallas, Texas, after a lingering illness.Poindexter Lyde (Jim) and his wife of 73 years, Marga Loveless Lyde were contributors to the Dallas community all their lives.
Jim Lyde was a veteran Dallas fireman who worked through the ranks of Dallas Fire Department to become a captain fire investigator of 26 years.After his retirement he earned two master degrees from East Texas State University and taught 12 years in elementary school for Dallas ISD.
His life was American history.He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression to support his mother at home and is still a member of that organization.He was a WWII Army-Air Corp veteran, serving in England and Ireland as an engineer.He became a member of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland, and later of the AF & AM North American Chapter to become a Master Mason for more than 65 years in 2006. He was active in the Love Field and Estelle Lodge for many years.He attended the Walnut Hill United Methodist Church and was an active member of North Dallas YMCA classes.
Jim was preceded in death by their only son, Ronald J. Lyde in 1978; his brother Clark Lyde, 1944 in the Pacific theater; and his parents, Winnie Mae McGregor Shaw, her husband Amos U. Shaw of Ft. Worth, and his father William (Bill) Rufus Lyde of Denton.
Poindexter was born in Denton, November 25, 1917, attended Denton High School, and met Marga there when she was a student at NTSU and TWU. They married May 28, 1939, and worked together in the California civil service aircraft industry until he was drafted. After the war, they both worked at Dallas Love Field in civil service.Poindexter was a real estate broker in post-war Dallas housing boom, and Marga worked 36 years as a Texas teacher.
Jim is survived by his wife, three grand-sons and their mother Judy Malone and brothers: Nathaniel Lyde and wife Amanda of Dallas; Jared Lyde and wife Ami of Ravenna; Fredrick (Trey) Lyde of Dallas; step brother Randy Pierce and wife Kathleen of Dallas; and Morgan Garrett and wife Rebecca of Atlanta, Texas; his nephew, Clark’s son, Jimmy Clark Lyde and wife Nancy of Austin, Texas.
Eight great-grandchildren survive: Sebastian Lyde, Brandon Niccum, Nicole Hill, Haley Lyde, Allison Segovia, Gage Lyde, Chase Lyde, and Fallon Lyde.Poindexter has a host of friends, relatives, co-workers, students, local service clubs, and his fellow veterans of military, fire department, and Masonic organizations who honor him.