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The Rev. Sherman Clifton Byrd Jr. passed away on July 25, 2013 at the age of 84. He was born on December 6, 1928 in Mesquite, Texas to the union of Sherman Byrd and Dora Swift. He served in the US Navy for a year and a half and was honorably discharged January 30, 1950. He is survived by his wife Louise V. Byrd, 3 children, 9 step children, and numerous grand and great grandchildren. He was the founding pastor of First Providence Baptist Church and served in that capacity for 44 years, until elevated to Pastor Emeritus June 2012. He is remembered for a plethora of civic and religious contributions to the community. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at D.W. Brooks Funeral Home, 4462 E. Houston St. Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. First Providence Baptist Church, 1014 Clark Ave. Internment, 1:00 p.m., Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Published in Express-News on July 28, 2013