August 16, 1928 ~ January 16, 2022

Born in: Candler, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

On Sunday, January 16, 2022 our loving and devoted mother, Betty Jean Hyder, of Asheville, departed this world with her family by her bedside for her heavenly home to be with our Lord and Savior after a period of declining health. She lived a life of transformed grace with a loving heart and a smile that would brighten any room she walked in. For every person who knew her throughout her life was witness to the transformative power of Christ Jesus. She lived a true servant’s life, always modeling a true servant’s heart like Jesus has instructed all of His believers to do. Betty Jean was a true definition of selflessness, always putting others before herself. She would love on people with prayers, hugs, warm thoughts and compassionate words, and was always willing to open her heart and home up to whoever might be in need. Sweet Betty would without hesitation drop everything in a moment to attend to those who would be in need, pouring everything she had out for them. She has laughed, cried, supported, encouraged and most importantly prayed for us all. She truly loved the way Christ Jesus loves and has always been a reflections of God’s amazing love and grace.

Our beloved Betty Jean is the daughter of the late Harry and Doris McFee, and was born in Candler August of 1928. She would marry the love of her life, the late Boyce “Bill” Hyder, in 1947 having a devoted marriage of 46 years before his passing. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Evelyn Ledford and Harry “Ray” McFee, daughter Linda Bridges, baby Boyce Lee Hyder (who passed into eternity shortly after birth), and grandbaby Betty Johnson.

She is the proud sister of Pat McFee and Nancy Whitaker; loving mother to Yvonne Towe Webb and Vicky Hyder; grandmother to Paul, Eddie, Pamela, Angela, Chris, Kenneth, Jerry, Lane, and Cindy; great-grandmother to 16; great-great grandmother to 3; and also surviving is an extended family of many nieces, nephews, and many incredible friends.

Betty Jean was a resident of Asheville in which she would never wonder too far from her childhood home of Candler. She is part of the 1947 graduating class of the once known Candler High School. Betty has been a loyal and dedicated worker in the manufacturing industry for a combined 68 years, rarely ever missing a shift and never allowing weather to keep her from her job. She has been recognized as the oldest and longest serving member of Emma Heights Church of God, where she faithfully attended with a dedications of her life serving God.

Our beloved mother, grandma, sister, aunt, friend and rock of our family will be greatly missed by all. She will forever be in our hearts. As she left this world for her heavenly home we are all sad, but knowing this is not good-bye rather “see you later”, we lovingly pray that she enjoys her reunion with the family and friends gone on before, and we will be looking forward to the day we get to see you once again in the glory of Heaven.

Receiving of family and friends will be held on Sunday, January 23, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m. The Reverend’s Lewis Melton and Dr. Michael Brown will officiate.

A graveside service will follow at Beaverdam Baptist Church in Candler.

The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation to everyone for their kind words and prayers through this time.


Visitation: January 23, 2022 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: January 23, 2022 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: January 23, 2022 3:00 pm

Beaverdam Freewill Bapt. Church Cem.
Wise Rd.
Candler, NC 28715

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  1. Sending prayers and love to Betty’s surviving family. God has called an Angel home to get her wings 😇 Doris Ogle

  2. Vicky and family. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  3. Pat and Nancy, Sorry to hear of Betty Jeans passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Bob & Carolyn Wise

  4. I am so sorry that Betty is gone. I have good memories of our Moms visiting when I was real young. I am sure they are together now in heaven. Peace as you go through this time. She is always with you.

  5. To all of Betty Jean’s Family I send prayers for the loss of such a loving, caring, sweet Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother, etc.

    We grew up as neighbors and it was a pleasure to have known you for years. Betty Jean never changed, very pleasant, a hard worker, taking care of family even after Bill died and more.

    “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Psalm 23

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am you will be also.” John 14:1-3

    May God Comfort you as He fills your hearts during this difficult time with His Grace, Mercy, Peace, Strength
    and Love.

    I send my love and blessings, Jimmie Dean Eplee/Parris 🙂 My Sister, too. Mary Ann Eplee/Crook

  6. Mrs Betty was a precious woman. I worked with her for many years at TE Connectivity. She was loved by everyone, and will be greatly missed. Prayers for your family during this time.

  7. Eddie and family know that you are in our prayers. There was no one like your sweet granny in our church and she will be greatly missed. She exemplified all that a loving Christian person should be. She would always love us and pray with us in our difficult trials. She never judged just loved. I can always remember how she would come to the altar and pray over every hurting person . I know that just as sad as we are here that there is a rejoicing in heaven as she joins their choir. I know Jesus is telling her well done good and faithful servant. I know she will be talking to Jesus about all of us here.

  8. So sorry for your loss . Betty was a sweet and graceful woman that many love, she will be missed . My God bless you and comfort your hearts .

  9. Miss Betty was a dear friend and a good person to work along side of, we will miss her ,a dear lady. Praying for the family.

  10. Dear Nancy, So sorry for the loss of your sister Betty Jean. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.

  11. Dear Nancy, So sorry the loss of your sister Betty Jean. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.


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