T. Roland Lide

February 26, 1920July 10, 2018

COLUMBIA - T. Roland Lide, 98, died July 10, 2018 after a life well-lived. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Mr. Lide will be held in Boyce Chapel, First Baptist Church of Columbia on July 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Dr. Wendell Estep and Rev. Richard Humphries. A private family burial will take place prior to the memorial service. The family will receive friends in Ellis Hall immediately following the service. Born on February 26, 1920 in Marion, SC, Mr. Lide was the son of the late Thaddeus Roland Lide and Bessie Allen Lide. He attended the schools in Marion and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Accounting in 1942. He served his nation for 3 and ½ years in World War II in the Pacific Theater settling in Columbia after discharge. Mr. Lide married the love of his life, Mildred Coe, on January 20, 1946 at First Baptist Church, Columbia. “T. R.” worked for 38 years at SCE&G retiring July 1, 1985 as Assistant Treasurer. After retiring, he and his Mildred traveled many years across the USA and overseas. Although they enjoyed their travels, sitting on the porch of “Lide’s Pride” at Lake Murray was one of his greatest pleasures. Roland was a faithful member of First Baptist Church and a Life Deacon achieving this after years of volunteer work at the church as a Sunday School teacher, College Activity helper, Soup Kitchen server, Maintenance Crew assistant, and dish washing team member, as well as many other church committees and Bible Studies. Mr. Lide’s Sunday School, the “Happy Coed Class” will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. A lifetime Gamecock supporter, Roland and Mildred enjoyed attending Carolina football, basketball, and baseball games traveling to out of town games for many years. Mr. Lide was a Mason of Pacific Lodge 325 A.F.M. He was a Distinquished Member Emeritus of the Golden K. Kiwanis. Mr. Lide is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Mildred Coe Lide, and his adoring daughter, Dianne Lide Gregory (Phil) of Columbia; grandson, Philip Lide Gregory (Jennifer Walker) of Greenville; and granddaughter, Catherine Gregory of Spartanburg. He is also survived by nieces, Karen Hall (Jerry) and Martha Lide Figuroa (Charlie); nephew, Mel Lide (Mary); and great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lide was predeceased by his brother, David Allen Lide; sisters, Pauline Durant Lide and Mary Frances Lide and his nephew, Stephen Lee Kelley. The family would like to thank Dr. Jeff Hook and Dr. Richard Salter for many years of care. Special thanks to his caregivers Roger and Kim Sussewell, Patricia Brown, Bryant Brown, and Keith Gentry. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or to a charity of one’s choice. Memories may be shared at


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Pam Dhamer

July 16, 2018

Mrs. Lide , Dianne, and Phil... words can’t express how sad I and the entire Whitaker family are at the passing of Mr. Lide. What wonderful and special friends you all have been to our family! From our beach trips when Dianne and I were pre-schoolers to the love and support shown when my parents passed, our friendship transcended many many decades. The friendship my family had with the Lides was and remains very unique.
Our prayers are with you...
Pam Whitaker Dhamer

Tony Ridgell

July 15, 2018

We got to know Roland and Millie many years ago on 'Carolina Fans" football trips. They were a delightful couple and it was a pleasure to know him. We're sure he will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Millie, Dianne, Phil and all his family. God Bless all and may he Rest in Peace.

Phil and Vonnie Rosson

July 14, 2018

2002 We walked into First Baptist Church of Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Lide welcomed us and invited us to sit in front of them. From that day forward for many years we sat in that same pew and where welcomed by them every week. They have loved our family every since. We have always said, when we grow up we want to be just like them! Love you!

Buddy Warnock

July 14, 2018

What a wonderful man who lived a long and beautiful life. I have great memories of Mr. Lide at First Baptist serving with him as a deacon and on Wednesday night helping with serving suppers. My sympathies to Mrs. Lide, Dianne, and all the family. I especially his remember how much he loved his family.

Louise Burkholder

July 14, 2018

What an example of faithfulness to God, country, church,family, and friends. May the prayers of friends and the promises of God comfort all of you.
Louise and Lyn Burkholder

Fletcher Spigner III

July 14, 2018

The Spigner Family expresses its sincere condolences. What a remarkable person, my 4th cousin through the Miller-Blount families, who knew my father's friend and my Godfather Arthur Williams well. An exemplary life, Mr. Lide. Thank you.

Fletcher Spigner III

Jerry and Rickie Daniels

July 13, 2018

We would like to offer our condolences to the family...I so enjoyed talking with Roland. He was a man’s man. He was loved by God and also men...It was a pleasure to know him. He now lives with our Lord and enjoys the comforts of heaven...Enjoy and Rest In Peace, Old Man...From another Old Man who will miss seeing you...
Jerry and Rickie Daniels

Melanie and Byron Brown

July 13, 2018

Heaven is rejoicing to receive this beloved Christian Gentleman. He will be greatly missed by his precious family and friends whom he adored. May they find peace and comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited again soon with our Heavenly Father.

Jane Burrus

July 13, 2018

Mr. Lide and my Daddy were lifetime deacons at First Baptist. A wonderful man!

Charles metz

July 12, 2018

About 35 years ago traveling with Carolina Fans our friendship with Roland and Millie began. They were a few years our senior but their values and ours were alike. We sat together at basketball games for years and usually ate out together before the game. We were together eating at the buffet for football for a number of years. Friends like this you don't just pick, they are sent your way as one of your blessings and I thank God he sent them our way. Phyllis and I pray that God's comforting peace will encompass Millie and Dianne during their hardest days. We too grieve with the earthly loss of our friend, Roland