Anna Christine Mickler

December 13, 1935January 6, 2021
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Cleveland, Tennessee – Mrs. Anna Christine Lyda Mickler, affectionately known as “Babe”, departed this life to be with Jesus on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, Tennessee. Born on December 13, 1935 to Henry Blaine Lyda and Opal Breedlove Lyda, she was one of 13 children who lived daily farm life in rural Pickens County.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of fifty years, John J Mickler, in 2004 and by brothers Grover, Hiram, Glenn and Racine and sisters: Gertrude, Bernice, and most recently in 2019, Leila.

Mrs. Mickler is survived by her remaining brothers Roscoe Lyda and wife Edna, Lawrence Lyda and wife Regina, sisters Edna Hallyburton, Revelee Garzone, and Margaret Gilstrap, as well as extended family in Florida, Georgia and Arizona.

She is also survived by daughters: Patricia Sluder, and husband Marty, of Cleveland, Tennessee and Jan Long and husband Daniel of Greer, South Carolina; sons: Steve Mickler and wife Sandra of Pickens and John Robert Mickler and wife Dixie of Cleveland, Tennessee, with whom she had made her home for the past eight years.

In addition to her siblings and children, She is survived by her grandchildren: Sheryl Mickler of Westminster, Brad (Allison) Mickler of Pickens, John Christopher (Kathleen) Mickler and Nicole Mickler, all of Dallas, Texas, Jesse (Holly) Long and Jared Long of Greer, South Carolina and Craig (Lindsay) Sluder of Cleveland, Tennessee. Mrs. Mickler was honored to be a great-grandmother to: Makayla and Gabriel Rollins, Braelyn Blackwell, Kale, Bryce and Payton Mickler, Ben, Graham, Henry and Daisy Sluder, and the newest great-grandson born in August, John Porter Mickler. She was happy to know that great-grandchild Baby Long will arrive in March.

She retired from McKechnie Plastics in Easley and was a longtime member of Pickens Church of God. She had known Christ as her Savior from a very young age. She enjoyed gospel music, especially the Gaithers, and loved her family with all her heart. For the past eight years, she helped to care for her daughter-in-law, Dixie, as she has battled Alzheimer’s, giving her time and her love to her “little angel” as she affectionately referred to Dixie. Through a trying 2020, with multiple health issues, she grew tired and longed to be with those who had gone before her and to relocate to her heavenly home. She celebrated her 85th birthday just a few weeks ago surrounded by the family she loved. What a compassionate God we serve. She slipped away peacefully with no struggle and the family gives thanks to God for His mercy. For those who wish, a donation may be made in her name to Jones Hill Church of God, YWEA Ministries, 1014 Dalton Road, Marietta, SC 29661.

Psalm 115:16: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” She will be deeply missed, but we find comfort as we survey the night sky and see a star that shines a little brighter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2021 in the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with entombment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm until 2:45 pm on Sunday, prior to the service, at the Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  • Henry Blaine Lyda, Father (deceased)
  • Opal Breedlove Lyda, Mother (deceased)
  • John J Mickler, Husband (deceased)
  • Grover, Brother (deceased)
  • Hiram, Brother (deceased)
  • Glenn, Brother (deceased)
  • Racine, Brother (deceased)
  • Gertrude, Sister (deceased)
  • Bernice, Sister (deceased)
  • Leila, Sister (deceased)
  • Roscoe Lyda (Edna), Brother
  • Lawrence Lyda (Regina), Brother
  • Edna Hallyburton, Sister
  • Revelee Garzone, Sister
  • Margaret Gilstrap, Sister
  • extended family in Florida, Georgia and Arizona, Family
  • Patricia Sluder (Marty), Daughter
  • Jan Long (Daniel), Daughter
  • Steve Mickler (Sandra), Son
  • John Robert Mickler (Dixie), Son
  • Sheryl Mickler, Grandchild
  • Brad Mickler (Allison), Grandchild
  • John Christopher Mickler (Kathleen), Grandchild
  • Nicole Mickler, Grandchild
  • Jesse Long (Holly), Grandchild
  • Jared Long, Grandchild
  • Craig Sluder (Lindsay), Grandchild
  • Makayla Rollins, Great Grandchild
  • Gabriel Rollins, Great Grandchild
  • Braelyn Blackwell, Great Grandchild
  • Kale Mickler, Great Grandchild
  • Bryce Mickler, Great Grandchild
  • Payton Mickler, Great Grandchild
  • Ben Sluder, Great Grandchild
  • Graham Sluder, Great Grandchild
  • Henry Sluder, Great Grandchild
  • Daisy Sluder, Great Grandchild
  • John Porter Mickler, Great Grandchild
  • Baby Long, Great Grandchild Arriving In March

  • Jared Long, Active Pallbearer
  • Jesse Long, Active Pallbearer
  • Jason Lyda, Active Pallbearer
  • Brad Mickler, Active Pallbearer
  • Gabriel Rollins, Active Pallbearer
  • Craig Sluder, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, January 10, 2021


Anna Christine Mickler

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Michael & Angela Hamilton

January 18, 2021

Christine was a selfless Christian who always thought of others besides herself. She was a model for others, caring for those in need. Her legacy is being the Christian model & passing those tenets down to family & friends. Her passing will leave a deep void in many lives, and that is the true measure of a well-lived life...she laughed, she loved, she shared her inner beauty with others. She will be greatly missed by many. We will be praying for your family during this difficult time. WE LOVE YOU!

Rickey Knight

January 15, 2021

Praying for The Mickler Family. I have many fond memories of times with John and Steve. Great Family and Good People!
Rickey Knight Honea Path SC

Lynn and Harry Perkins

January 11, 2021

To the children, we are sorry to hear about your mom passing. Christine was a beautiful lady, and we will always remember her lovely smile. We will see her again one day. What a reunion!!! Lynn and Harry Perkins

Robin & Alvin Sluder

January 10, 2021

Trish, Jan, Robert & Steve:

We are so sorry for your loss. You mom’s love for her family & others was so evident in the pictures you shared and her legacy of care for others. She was a such a testimony of God’s love. May the Lord comfort you and be with you. Sending our love,

Alvin and Robin Sluder

Krista Townsend

January 10, 2021

We love you guys and are praying for your family during this trying time. Our deepest condolences. It is a comfort to know she will be in Heaven.

With Love,

Nicholas & Krista Townsend and family

Edie and Kelly Feehrer

January 10, 2021

Tricia, Kelly and I were so sorry to hear about your mom. Even though she is no longer in pain, it’s still hard to lose her. I hope all your fond memories will help in your healing process. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, Marty, and all your family. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. Our love to you, Edie and Kelly

John Karnes

January 10, 2021

Patricia & family,
Please know that your dear family remains in our thoughts and prayers. May God provide each of you with His supernatural peace and comfort.
We love you all! John & Kathy Karnes

Lynn Townes

January 9, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your mother. I know you will miss her sweet smile and her prayers for all of you. Your loss is heaven's gain. She has made the goal she has been living for all these years. What a reunion she is enjoying.

John Mickler

January 9, 2021

I want to say Adios to my Aunt Chris from the Mickler family in Arizona. She was a very beautiful woman on the inside and the outside. She had to be, she had to put up with my Uncle Junior. But they raised 4 Christian children to be fine adults. who in turn raised their children in the same manner. Aunt Chris may physically be gone from our eyes but her memories continue. As I had told cousin Sheryl don't beat yourself up because of her passing but to Celebrate her life every day in things that she did that made you laugh or things that she had said. God matched her and my Uncle Junior up for a reason, look around, it is sitting in the Congregation. God Bless you all. John Mickler

Dorothy Abbott

January 9, 2021

So sorry,we 💕 you.