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Asheville - Robert Sill Byron, age 83, died at Memorial Mission Hospital at 12:10 am on July 14, 2014. He was born and reared in northern Ohio, the son of Katherine Sill and Robert Wallace Byron. He was predeceased by his parents and by his younger sister, Rachel Byron Sperry of Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Byron received his BA degree from The Johns Hopkins University, then attended the United States Navy Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and served in the Navy's submarine service for six and a half years during and following the Korean War. He next completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. After internship there, he completed residency training in internal medicine and psychiatry at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He began the private practice of psychiatry in Asheville in 1969 and retired in 2000.
Dr. Byron was a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, the North Carolina American Medical Association, the North Carolina Medical Society and the Buncombe County Medical Society. He served on the medical staffs of Memorial Mission and St. Joseph's hospitals and previously held the position of chairman, Department of Psychiatry.
In the past he held memberships in the Academy of Religion and Mental Health and in the Zeb Vance Debating Society. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Dr. Byron was married to Suzanne Champine Byron who died in 2001. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Son, Robert Murray Byron and his three children, Bridget Katherine, Robert Theodore and James Mackenzie, live in San Diego, California. Daughter, Katherine Jean and husband, Bradford McLelland and son, James Madison live in Matthews, North Carolina. Daughter, Betsy Sue Kainer and her four children, John Robert, Virginia Suzanne, Katherine Maddox and Summer Allyse Thomassy live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Daughter, Cynthia Jane Byron lives in Asheville.
The memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville at 11:00 am on July 18, 2014. Interment of ashes will be in the Memorial Garden of Trinity Church immediately following church service. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service.
Memorials may be made to the institution of your choice or to Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 16, 2014