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December 16, 2017

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October 18, 2010
GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
October 18, 2010
I want to share a story and pay homage to one of the nicest men I have ever met and gave a most unique and once in a lifetime experience to the Life Skills students of Dobyns-Bennett High School, their peer tutors (the BUDS), their teachers and assistant, and their bus drivers.

In February of 2009, Mr. Byrd invited the Life Skills students at DB for a tour of the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Life Skills students have peer tutors called BUDS, which accompany them on their monthly field trips. That semester in school I was one of the BUDS, and we were all excited to go tour the speedway. We had no idea what to expect, because they had never done a field trip like this before, but we got so much more than ever could have dreamed of. When we arrived at the Speedway, we were informed that we were going to be given a private tour of the Speedway by Mr. Byrd himself, but his generosity did not stop there. He allowed all of the Life Skills students and BUDs to pick out any one item from the gift shop to have free of charge. The excitement of the trip didn't end there.

After the gift shop, we went out onto the speedway and were actually allowed to drive the school buses around the speed way. After, we drove around, we all climbed out of the buses and were permitted to walk all the way up the embankment of the track. How many other people can say they got to walk all the up the embankment, and saw the speed way completely void of people except for workers doing maintenance. After we all walked down, Mr. Byrd took us onto Victory Lane, where he told us about the history and some of the victors. We had group picture taken, but there was even more treats waiting for us. Mr. Byrd provided us with pizza, cookies, and drinks in the Food City sky box for lunch. We ate lunch in the Food City sky, looking out over an empty speedway. That field trip, experiencing everything I did, and seeing how happy everyone was, and how happy Mr. Byrd was at knowing he had helped in everyone's happiness, will be a memory that I will never forgot.

Rest in peace, Mr. Byrd, knowing that you will never be forgotten by a very special group of students, Life Skills and BUDS. You made not only our day, but have left a lasting impact on our lives. My sincerest condolences to Jeff's family, may you find peace in knowing that he did so much for so many people.
October 18, 2010
WONDER MAN, LOVED BY ALL..GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN..
October 18, 2010
I met Jeff five years ago at the Bristol nationwide night race. Such a truly wonderful and friendly person.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
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