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Hyder, Oris D., 1919-2002



  • Existence: 1919 - 2002


Oris Doyle Hyder was born on September 30, 1919 at Milligan College, Carter County, Tennessee. His parents were Sam Jack Hyder (b. May 23, 1892; d. May 24, 1970), a Milligan College mathematics professor, and Mary Ellen Thomas Hyder. Oris Hyder graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1937 and from Milligan College in 1941. Shortly after American entry into the Second World War in December 1941, Hyder joined the Army Air Corps in January 1942 and remained on active duty until November 1945. He joined the Air Force reserves in 1945 and remained an active reserve officer until 1972. At present he holds the rank of Colonel, Retired, United States Air Force.

After the war, Hyder attended Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee and earned a J.D. in 1948. Hyder began his legal career as Clerk and Master, Chancery Court, Johnson City, Tennessee, 1948 and continued in this post until 1950. Subsequently, he practiced law in Johnson City, 1950-1958, and served as a city judge, 1952-58. On September 1, 1958, he was elected Criminal Court judge, First Judicial Circuit of Tennessee (Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington Counties). Eight years later Hyder was re-elected Criminal Court judge. In 1969, Governor Buford Ellington appointed Hyder to the position of judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Hyder retired from the judiciary on September 1, 1970.

Throughout his life, Hyder has been active in both community affairs and organizations, and statewide organizations. Among the Johnson City organizations he has served are the Kiwanis Club, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, and the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital. He also has served as a member or officer of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Advisory Agency, the Tennessee Mental Health Commission, and the Tennessee Court Modernization Commission.

Hyder died in Johnson City, Tennessee on April 21, 2002.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Thomas G. Burton and Thomas F. Headley Tapes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-227
Scope and Contents This collection consists primarily of the materials generated during the production of Thomas Burton’s and Thomas Headley’s three documentaries: Carson Springs: A Decade Later (1983), Following the Signs: A Way of Conflict (1987), and Traditional Springs: Violence in the South (1985). The collection documents the religious practices of two Pentecostal-Holiness churches in Cocke County, Tennessee: the Holiness Church of God in Jesus Name in Carson Springs and the Jesus Christ Apostolic...
Dates: 1973, 1983-1987 and undated

Cynthia A. Cornwell Tapes

Identifier: AppMs-330
Scope and Contents The eight audio cassettes which make up the collection contain nine interviews of individuals who had knowledge of either Milligan College or persons instrumental in Milligan's development as a Christian, liberal arts school. Cornwell conducted seven of the interviews, while Oris Hyder conducted the remaining two interviews. These interviews, along with six additional interviews were conducted by Cornwell as part of her thesis research on the history of Milligan College. The thesis, "Beside...
Dates: 1987

Oris Hyder Film Collection

Identifier: AppMs-262
Scope and Contents

The films in the collection were taken by Hyder's father, Sam Jack Hyder who began taking 16 mm home movies after he purchased a movie camera in 1937. The films focus on family members and life, and on life at Milligan College. The collection is shelved in the audio-visual storage area.

Dates: 1937-1960

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Distilling, Illicit -- Tennessee 1
Distilling, Illicit--Appalachian Region, Southern 1
Erwin (Tenn.) 1
Fundamentalist churches -- Appalachian Region 1
Grain -- Harvesting 1