On Thursday, May 24, 2018, God received into Heaven one of the finest Christian men and best daddy that ever lived, Rex Franklin Hyden, age 95.Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Cobb Cemetery, with Chaplai Jon Honea of Limestone Medical Center and Reverend Keith Collier of First Baptist Church of Groesbeck officiating.Rex was born on April 21, 1923 in Box Church, Texas, to Roland and Myrtle Wilkinson Hyden. He was the second of their five children. Rex graduated from Groesbeck High School, where he was an outstanding football player and received offers from as far away as Michigan State to play ball. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in several capacities in Europe, including time under Generals Bradley, Montgomery, and Patton. His engineering corp helped to build Bailey bridges for Montgomery and was a decoy for the Battle of Remagen Bridge. He was also one of the first soldiers to enter Dachau. He met and married Mary C. "Cappie" Webb on April 8, 1946. The couple successfully reared three girls. During his career in the oil field, he spent 40 years with Sun Oil Company. Upon retiring, he was able to enjoy more hobbies. He had always been an avid hunter/fisherman and also enjoyed collecting arrowheads and Native American artifacts. Rex is survived by his wife of 72 years, Cappie. He is also survived by his brother, Bailey Hyden of Edna; his oldest daughter, Ricky and husband Don Therneau of San Antonio; daughter, Janeece Bolton of Groesbeck; and daughter, Bonnie and husband J. D. Winstead of Longview; grandchildren: Dr. Deneece and husband Bobby Ferrales of Waco, Cody and wife Annie Winstead of Tyler, Misty and husband Collin Cantrell of Houston, Rex and wife Sarah Bolton of Chimayo, New Mexico, Megan Bolton of Dallas, Jennifer Winstead Smith of Longview; and 9 great grandchildren: Angel Ferrales, Ariel Cantrell, Cade Cantrell, Conner Cantrell, Thomas Bolton, Ethan Bolton, Luke Bolton, Kaia Bolton, and Colton Smith. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 306 N. Ellis, Groesbeck, TX, or First Christian Church, 609 East Main, Kilgore, TX 75662.