SHELLSBURG, Iowa (BP)--The motorcade carrying William "Bill" Hyde's body for burial moved slowly through the Iowa countryside northwest of Cedar Rapids. In the fields, there is still snow caught in the stubble from last fall's harvest. The cool air and black earth at the cemetery on the edge of Shellsburg where he was born are a sharp contrast to the tropical heat and green jungle in which Hyde lived and worked for the past 25 years.
"The journey he took wasn't an easy one," said Dick Hyde, Bill's older brother. "The Lord had something in mind for Bill long before he was born."
By the time Hyde was in high school, his talent as a musician began to get notice. In a household of musicians, "He had the voice in our family," said Dick Hyde, "a deep bass like Tennessee Ernie Ford. He even had offers to be a professional musician."