PEORIA - Bernice Byrd, 83, of Peoria, Ill., passed away at 2:08 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Heddington Oaks Nursing Home in West Peoria.
Bernice was born on April 24, 1931, in Scott, Miss., to James and Beatrice (Jenkins) Faulkner Sr. She married Jessie Byrd. He preceded her in death.
Bernice is survived by four sons, Randy Byrd of Peoria, Jessie Byrd Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., James Byrd of Peoria and Kenneth Byrd Sr. of Duluth, Ga.; one stepson, Eddie Jackson of Peoria; five daughters, Betty (Reggie) Henry of Las Vegas, Nev., and Shirley Brown, Linda Byrd, Linda McBride and Pam Moton, all of Peoria; three sisters, Annie Lou Scott, Dorothy Farmer and Ozella Faulkner, all of Peoria; 39 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, two grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers.
Bernice retired from Methodist Hospital in 1992.
She was a member of New Morning Star M.B. Church, where funeral services will be held 12 noon on Monday, July 14, 2014. A two hour visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Pastor Cleveland Thomas Sr. will officiate. Bernice will be buried at Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Simons Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements.