Carl Wayne Byrd
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Carl Wayne Byrd, aka "Pete", "Big Byrd" was born on October 27, 1933 and went home on February 6, 2013 after a long struggle with Dementia. He has been set free.
Pete was predeceased by his parents, Gladys Owens Byrd and Carl Silas Byrd. He was born and raised in Lexington, NC in the Erlanger community where he excelled in sports and had many friends and cherished memories. Pete married the former Betty A. Jones on May 18th, 1954 and left for Korea with the USMC less than 3 weeks later. He returned to the US on March 17th, 1955 and soon after he and his wife Betty began their family. Pete and his family moved from Winston-Salem, NC to Mauldin, SC in 1974.
He is survived by his wife Betty of 58 years, four daughters, Lynn Byrd of Winston-Salem, NC, Carol Byrd of Rock Hill, SC, Stacie Byrd of Laurens, SC, Beth Byrd and husband, Bob Henriques of Hilton Head Island, SC. Grandchildren, Carly Law and husband John of Lexington, NC, Brandon Graham and fiancee' Franny Rataj of Mauldin, SC, Nicky Byrd of Phoenix, AZ, Peter Manos of Greenville, SC and Ayers Manos of Florence, SC. Great-grandchildren Gabe, West and Keeley Law of Lexington, NC. Also, a sister, Doris Heitman and husband, the late James R. "Dick" Heitman of Lexington, NC and a brother Gary M. "Mickey" Byrd and wife, Mildred Byrd of Mechanicsville, VA. Brother in law William B. "Billy" Jones and wife, the late Ruby D. Jones of Winston-Salem, NC and sister in law Pauline Jones and husband, the late Robert M. "Bobby" Jones Jr. of Clemmons, NC. Pete also loved his many neices and nephews.
Pete was a Free Mason, a member of the Hejaz Shriners and member of Life Spring Community Church. Pete was bigger than life in both stature and personality and was known for his sense of humor and pranks...far too many to tell. After being in the Marines, Pete was a Police Officer, and worked in both transportation and sales/accounting before taking an early retirement. He had a love for God, family, country and a wide range of music as well as ice cream, sitting outside with wife Betty and birdwatching and playing backgammon. When his daughters were young and dating, he had them at times sing the Marine Corps Hymn before going out, especially if he didn't like the young men. They all remember his handshake.
The family would like to thank the many friends, caregivers, Dr.s, social workers, clergy and Agape' Hospice of Laurens County for all of their help and kindness.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 10th 2013 at 2:00 and Memorial Services to follow at 2:30 at Life Spring Community Church, 437 Holland Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681.
Published in The Greenville News on Feb. 9, 2013