DURHAM- Mr. John Hoyt Ryder, Sr., 84, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021.
Mr. Ryder was born on July 15, 1936 to the late Wilburn and Margaret Ryder in Morristown, TN, and grew up in Jefferson City, TN. After high school he attended Carson Newman College. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Pompon submarine. John was employed at IBM for 33 years. John and Paige were charter members of Page Road Baptist Church, and John was also a charter member of the Lynn’s Cross Roads Ruritan Club and volunteered at Duke Heart Center for 28 years. He was a devoted and fantastic husband and was married for 61 years. John will be lovingly remembered by all blessed to have known him.
Mr. Ryder is survived by his wife, Paige Dunnavant Ryder; son, John H. Ryder, Jr. of Cary, NC; daughter, Ann Louise Ryder of Durham, NC; brother, Nicholas Grafton Ryder; grandchildren, Dustin Robert Ryder, Amary Lauren Ryder, and John David Ryder (Courtney); and great-grandchildren, Jaxson Wayne Ryder and his pride and joy, Lillian June Ryder.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Page Road Baptist Church. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Reverend Mike Bond. Burial to follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Mark Rice, Greg Parker, Grayson Parker, Brett Townsend, Marshall Ross, and Bruce Ladrie. Honorary pallbearer will be Chuck Rich.
Hudson Funeral Home will be observing social distancing for visitation as well as the funeral service, and asks everyone in attendance to wear a mask when entering the building.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions can be made to Page Road Baptist Church at 1912 Page Rd, Durham, NC 27703, or Duke HomeCare and Hospice at 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.