Carsie Hyder Lodter

Published 4:22 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Carsie Hyder Lodter, 100, of Johnson City, passed away Friday evening, January 19, 2018, at Grace Healthcare, Abingdon, Va. She was born at Milligan College, Tenn., June 21, 1917, and grew up in the Hyder family home on property that adjoined the campus.
Milligan College played a major part in Mrs. Lodter’s early life. Her parents, the late Sam Jack Hyder and Mary Thomas Hyder, had met there as students; her father taught in the mathematics department for over 50 years; and three of her siblings were graduates. Milligan is also where she met her husband, the late Edward Colin Gustave Lodter, a professor in the foreign language department. She graduated from Milligan summa cum laude, and was named the most outstanding student in the senior class.
After her college graduation, Mrs. Lodter taught home economics at Elizabethton High School for seven years, and also taught for one year at Milligan. She later received her master’s degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and was an assistant professor there for 23 years, teaching nutrition and clothing & textiles. During that time, she served as a faculty advisor of Sigma Kappa Sorority and of Kappa Omicron Phi, an honors society. Mrs. Lodter also took postgraduate courses at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She became a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi, an honors society, and was an officer of the ETSU Women’s Faculty Club, and of the ETSU Retired Teachers Association.
Mrs. Lodter was a dedicated and active member of First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton, where her husband served as organist for over 50 years. She held several positions at the church, including lay leader, and she was president of the United Methodist Women.
Love for her immediate and extended family was of primary importance, and time spent together was cherished by all. She also made and retained close friends throughout all phases of her life. In addition to having an exceptional professional career, Mrs. Lodter was an unequaled homemaker. She enjoyed her bountiful rose garden, and was noted for its award-winning blooms and for the potpourri she made from their petals. She was also a remarkable seamstress, and made clothes for herself and for family members.
In addition to her parents and her husband, five siblings preceded Mrs. Lodter in death: Oris Doyle Hyder, Aline Hyder Hardwick, Jean Thomas Hyder, Nelta Hyder Warnock, and an unnamed brother who died in infancy.
Mrs. Lodter is survived by a daughter, Schéry Collins and her husband David Collins of Abingdon, Va., and by a son, Daniel Edward Lodter of Hagerstown, Md. She leaves eight grandchildren, Helen Lambert of Bristol, Tenn., Sahra Wilkins of Tega Cay, S.C., Blaine Young of Charlotte, N.C., Emilie Blanquie of Charlotte, N.C., Scott Collins of Roanoke, Va., Colin Lodter of Alexandria, Va., Brayden Lodter of Arlington, Va., and Thomas Finley of Arlington, Va. Eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive her.
Following a private burial, a service to celebrate the life of Carsie Hyder Lodter will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, at the First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton with Rev. Raymond Amos Sr. officiating, assisted by Fr. Boyd Evans, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Abingdon, Va. Music will be under the direction of Schéry Lodter Collins, with the participation of David Collins, Lauren and Hannah Hoffman, Rebecca Paluzzi, the church’s Chancel Choir (Tyler Fleming, director; David Arney, organist), and choir members from St. Thomas Episcopal Church. After the service, the family will greet friends in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Lodter may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 325 East E Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or the Music Fund at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 124 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website,
Mrs. Lodter and her family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information and Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

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