She was born in Lamar County to the late Ben Milton and Willie Elvira Carruth Markham, She was a lifelong resident of Lamar County and was a member of the Sulligent First Freewill Baptist Church. Byrd had retired from McCoy Manufacturing as an inspector.
She is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Dale) McNees of Millport; two sons, William Edwin (Mary Deweese) Byrd of Northport and Randal Rodney (Josephine) Byrd of Jasper/Vernon; grandchildren, Sherry (Bill) Bellan of Northport and Phillip (Crystal) McNees of Millport; step-grandchildren, Amy (Patrick) Plourde of Hoover and Charles (Tracey) Northam of Cummings, Ga.; eight great-grandchildren; and special sister-in-law, Pauline Markham.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben Milton and Willie Elvira Carruth Markham; husband, William Rufus Byrd; a grandson, Derek Dale McNees; two sisters; and six brothers.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. from the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Carter Cemetery. Bro. Steve Cantrell, Bro. Tim Markham and Bro. Edward Puckett will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Phillip McNees, Bill Bellan, Gary Hyden, Brooks Markham, Jr. Markham, Matthew Bellan, Michael Hyden and Larry Cox.
Norwood Funeral Homes Inc., Sulligent; 205-698-9191