Mary Ruth Lowe Millen Byrd, 85, of Rockingham, N.C., formerly of Mt. Gilead, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family Tuesday evening, April 29, 2014 at the home of her daughter Peggy.
Mrs. Byrd was born January 11, 1929 in Spartanburg, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Charlie Lee Lowe and Senecar and Rosa Lee Davis Thompson. She was a textile retiree and a member of Hamer Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lemuel Parrott "LP" Byrd; a son, William Gauthen Millen; granddaughter, Michelle Millen Chavis; two grandsons, Johnathan Robert LeCroy and Roger Wayne LeCroy; a son-in-law, Gary Selph; and a special cousin, Frances Erwin.
She is survived by five daughters, Peggy Millen of Rockingham, Elizabeth Ivey and husband Dean of Gaffney, S.C., Mary Selph of Rockingham, Pauline "Polly" McCormick and husband Ralph of Rockingham and Pammy Poston and husband Glenn of Rockingham; and four sons, Wayne "Bill" Millen and wife Nancy of Rockingham, Raymond Thompson and wife Vickie of Gaffney, Dr. Lemuel Byrd Sr. of Charlotte and Danny Byrd and wife Angie of Pinebluff. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at Carter Funeral Home in Rockingham.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Hamer Creek Baptist Church in Mt. Gilead. She will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Rev. Alex Willoughby will officiate and interment will follow in Eastside Cemetery in Rockingham.
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