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Lyda C. "Tommie" Bogard

Lyda C. Bogard, born October 18, 1924, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on February 11, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband and son and is survived by daughter Susan Strickland and husband Ray, grandson Aaron Strickland with two children, granddaughter Ginnie Strickland Beverly with four children, as well as a widowed daughter-in-law, three grandsons, and two great granddaughters from out of town.


Lyda, known as Tommie to friends and family, resided most recently with her daughter in Burnsville, but was a native of TN. She did post graduate work at the University of Tennessee, with a Masters in school psychology. Tommie had a career in education, and loved being a classroom teacher, but treasured her last years as a school counselor. She had the gift of encouragement and ability to share her steadfast faith in the Lord throughout her life.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care of Western North Carolina, 856 Georges Fork Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714.

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Susan , so sorry for your loss . Our loss is heavens gain. I have great admiration for you & Ray caring for her and allowing her to share your home. I know she enjoyed the little ways you allowed her to help you with your crafts. I'm sure this gave her purpose & pleasure. Know I am lifting you & all your sweet family up to the Lord in thought & prayers. May He comfort you all with his Grace & Peace. I love you sweet friend!!

Connie Adkins Feb 16 2022 10:31 PM

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Sandra Baggett Feb 15 2022 9:22 PM

I was blessed to be a teacher at TN Ridge Elementary School when Ms. Tommie became our School Psychologist back in the mid 1970's. Her Christian outlook on life and her caring and concerned nature for me, led us to become dear friends. We shared the same birthday and bonded early in her time at TN Ridge. She was there for me during many difficult times in my life. I lost my child in the fourth month of my pregnancy and she encouraged me as I grieved what I thought should have been. She was there also when I was blessed to become a mother for the first time. Tommie influenced me greatly as a Christian and as a mother. She was there when we both lost a 26 year old friend of ours. This friend had worked next to me and I was devastated by her death. Tommie checked on me daily during my difficult times. My Mom and Dad separated and later divorced during these years and again Tommie was my encourager. She helped me be a better wife, mother, teacher, sibling, friend, and Christian. I will be forever grateful that God allowed our paths to cross so many years ago. Our friendship remained strong. I was able to visit Tommie in November of 2021 and cherish those memories even more now that she's gone. My prayer now is that I will be able to influence someone as Tommie did me.

Sandra Baggett Feb 15 2022 9:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lyda Bogard

Judy Hoppe Feb 13 2022 8:12 PM

Love this. Tommie was such a special lady. I know your hearts are torn, but she is smiling now.

Helen O'Neal Feb 13 2022 3:05 PM