James P. Lyde

November 25, 1917September 2, 2012

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.

A Funeral Service will be at 12:00 pm Noon on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel, Dallas, TX with visitation starting at 10:30 am before the service. Burial will follow at 2:30 pm that afternoon in Old Trinity Cemetery, 712 S. Trinity Road, Denton, Texas 75208.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, September 8, 2012

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May 23, 2013

Years ago my in-laws, Bill and DeDee Lyde had a fire in their house in Dallas. Coincidentally, James Lyde was the fireman who helped them out! Turns out, we are distantly related. I have met him since and am proud to be part of that family, albeit distantly. He was a wonderful man and my sincere condolences go out to the family.
Carolyn Bryant Lyde

Rhonda Drew

February 25, 2013

James is gone-- hard to believe.. But he led a long and fulfilled life.. I only knew James in the last 10 years of his life- I was his nurse at the cardiologist that took care of him.. He always had a smile and a story to tell-- he talked frequently about the fire seemed that was one of his proudest times in his life. He always talked about his wife and how much he cared for her-- he was a great man and I am honored. To have crossed paths...

Chuck Milligan

September 22, 2012

I and a friend of mine from Durham NC Fire Department met Jim and Ernest Emerson at an Arson class at Purdue Univerty in the 50s. I have never forgotten these two in all of these years. I am the only surviver of this group. I had alot of respect for both of these men and am sure he will be missed by his friends and family God Bless You All.

Chuck Hodge

September 8, 2012

The Happy Warriors will hold a moment of silence for Jim at the next meeting this September. Jim had been attending for years and it was always good to see him. I have long admired men who grew up in such a hardscabble existance and went on to live productive caring lives. My interview with Jim and Marge were an honor. I will miss him, Chuck

Randy & Kathleen Pierce-Lyde

September 8, 2012

In loving memory of you Poppa Jim, we honor and salute you!

There is not a monument big enough to honor the man whose honor,
was so hard to come by. You knew you did something right when Poppa Jim commended you! However hard learned the lesson Poppa taught, you could hold your head high knowing you had learned it the right way!
As we come together in his honor, we are faced with the hardest lesson ever laid before us. How will we fill the shoes of our honorable, loving, yet fearless leader?
Try as we might, with all our might, chin up and focused we look to the sky!
We look up to you, as we always have. You will be forever in our hearts.

Don & Jo Ann Duke

September 8, 2012

We enjoyed Poppa Jim so very much during family gatherings and enjoyed talking Military and airplanes and loved the gleam in his blue eyes when he was watching his great-grand children play! He will be greatly missed by the Don Duke Family! We love you!


September 6, 2012


It is with great saddness we learned of Jim's passing. We always enjoyed his attending the meetings and sharing his stories of not only his time in the CCC, but the stories of life.
As the days turn into weeks and you and yours return to life's adventures, may you feel the love,comfort and support of your extended family from CCC Legacy Chapter 123. Jim you will be missed by all.

Kathy Butler

September 6, 2012

Our Uncle Pond will be greatly missed. He has been a faithful and supportive member of the Loveless family ever since he married our Aunt Marga.Growing up with him, we knew that we nieces and nephews had better be on our toes and ready to have an "intelligent" conversation. He shared much knowledge and wisdom with us and had many an interesting life story to tell. I think what we might have felt about him was fear and awe.(In a good way!)His magnificent heighth probably contributed to that, especially among the relatively short Loveless clan. We were very proud of him and his many accomplishments. It was hard to watch the suffering of his recent days but we know he is now resting easy in the reward of eternity. Uncle Pond...may your memory be eternal. We love you and will miss you until we meet again.

September 5, 2012

I will forever be in debt to Jim for his mentoring and friendship as co-teachers at DSI .....some 35 years ago....His support, caring and love will always be a part of my it was in 1978 it has remained so to this date...with Marga's strong character and team work they included my young family in many activities and made our stay in Texas memorable.....this day is sad for I have indeed lost a steadfast friend.....