For 3 a long time, Raynard Hyde’s highly effective baritone usually crammed the big sanctuary of San Jose’s Cathedral of Religion on Sundays or for holidays, hovering with a gospel verse and rousing different congregants to rise up off their ft to clap, sway, sing alongside and take part his lifelong love for neighborhood, household and God.
Tons of of these congregants, plus many others who knew the 54-year-old Safeway butcher as a South Bay neighbor or co-worker, got here collectively to sing, rise up off their ft as soon as extra and have a good time his life, which was minimize brief when he was discovered slain in Santa Clara’s Central Park on July 21. Gage Taren McCartney, a 25-year-old co-worker at Safeway, the place Hyde was a butcher, has been arrested and charged in his strangling, which has left household and pals overcome with shock and unhappiness.
“I can’t imagine he’s gone. My life won’t ever be the identical,” mentioned Bina Hyde, Hyde’s spouse of 21 years and the mom of their son, 19, and daughters, 17 and 15. However as a lot as she and others expressed profound grief or anger that somebody would wish to take his life, one message of the service was that he’s not likely gone.
“Due to Jesus, dying doesn’t have the final phrase. Even via a tragic dying, dying doesn’t have the final phrase, Jesus does,” mentioned Pastor Ken Foreman.
One other pastor, Dewey Brief, opened his message to the mourners by taking a cellphone name on his cellular phone. “It’s Ray,” he smiled. “He needed to inform everybody that he’s OK, and he can hardy wait so that you can get there.” Brief additionally mentioned Hyde may dwell on in individuals’s recollections.
Actually, Hyde was very a lot a presence within the movies that performed on a giant display screen and confirmed the him acting at a latest Father’s Day celebration together with his son Aaron, or sitting earlier than the digital camera, explaining how he by no means thought-about himself to be “a singer” however a “minister.”
Together with his singing, Hyde defined it was by no means simply in regards to the “tune,” however about constructing “relationships.”
“That’s what God needs, that from that intimacy with him there’s an outflow to the congregation, to the neighborhood, to the household,” he mentioned.
Foreman’s point out of “tragic dying” was the one reference to what occurred on July 21, when Hyde’s physique was discovered early that morning close to the park’s duck pond. Each Hyde and McCartney, of Sunnyvale, labored at a Safeway a block away.
Police mentioned McCartney and Hyde had been consuming within the park the night time earlier than after ending their shifts, with McCartney telling police that an altercation broke out after Hyde made sexual advances. Prosecutors have declined to touch upon that declare; McCartney is subsequent due in court docket on September 25 to enter a plea, in line with Deputy District Legal professional Alaleh Kianerci.
On the Cathedral of Religion Saturday, nobody needed to deal with what some had earlier known as the “horrible” circumstances of Hyde’s dying. They most well-liked to consider the daddy, brother, pal and fellow believer who was “a gorgeous spirit” with a giant, pleasant character.
In accordance with the eulogy learn at his service, Hyde was born in Alabama however grew up in Monterey County, the place his military veteran father was stationed at Ford Ord. After graduating from Seaside Excessive Faculty in 1981, he moved to San Jose to proceed his schooling, which included research that allowed him to additionally function a minister. He was serving as a visitor minister at Iglesia Emmanuel in Milpitas when he met his future spouse.
He considered impressing Bina Hyde together with his singing. “In that second, Hyde mentioned to God, ‘If my tune brings tears to her eyes, I’ll ask her out,’” the eulogy mentioned. They grew to become engaged and married in 1996. Just a few years later they grew to become mother and father, first to Aaron, then to Alexandria and Audrey.
“Ray was a fantastic father, instructor and instance to his youngsters,” his eulogy mentioned. “There wasn’t something he wouldn’t do for his youngsters.”
His youthful brother, Ramone Hyde, a pastor at CreekPoint Church in Merced, learn the opening prayer and defined how there was comfort in the concept that his brother is “now with Jesus.” Mates have additionally consoled themselves, considering that he’s already in heaven, “singing with the angels.”
Nearly prophetically, Hyde sang about being in heaven throughout a 2014 efficiency on the Cathedral of Religion, a video of which was posted on YouTube.
The video exhibits Hyde singing to a crowded room a favourite gospel tune, “Thanks for giving to the Lord.”
The lyrics have Hyde singing about his “dream” of going to a heaven stuffed with streets of gold, “beside the crystal sea” and with the angels singing. Then Hyde sings, “And I do know up in heaven/That you simply’re not imagined to cry … As Jesus took your hand/And also you stood earlier than the Lord/And He mentioned my little one go searching you/For nice is your reward.”
Hyde additionally his survived by his mother and father, Noble and Marie Hyde, and his siblings, Rhonda, Regis, Roderick and Ramone.