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Byron Thomas HURD


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Byron Thomas HURD Obituary
HURD, Byron Thomas Byron Thomas Hurd, 84, passed on from this life on October 8, 2017. He was born March 1, 1933 in Roseville, Michigan to Clark Frank Hurd and Evelyn Sybeldon Hurd. He was the third of four children. Sarah Marie, Clark Frank, Jr. and John Anthony Hurd were his siblings. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Cass Technical HS and Wayne University, both in Detroit, where he met his future bride. He is survived by his wife Barbara Jean Ekeroth Hurd, to whom he was married for 64 years. He played basketball for Wayne (now Wayne State) and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He worked in the newspaper promotion business, including telephone sales, door to door sales, managing various boy crews and eventually became an executive director of circulation working for The Chicago's American, which became the Chicago Today (writing worth reading and repeating), and then the Chicago Tribune. He later started his own newspaper circulation business, and eventually became the circulation director for the South Suburban Star Newspapers which served the south suburban Chicagoland. He was well loved and respected by all those he worked with and those he supervised as well. Byron (also known variously as Byron T, Uncle Byron, and UB) was an avid golfer and excelled at many sports, including getting a tryout for professional baseball. He and Barbara were members of the Flossmoor Country Club, where they enjoyed many rounds of golf and the warm fellowship of their fellow members. He won many tournaments there. He was also very active in the Rotary club, and served as president one year. He and Barbara worshipped at Flossmoor Community church, where Byron also served as an elder and served as President of the church foundation. Byron and Barbara had four sons, Thomas Eric, Roger Allan, John Douglas, and James Byron. They all graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Byron was the first of his family to graduate college, and all his sons graduated college as well. After retirement, B&B left Chicago behind and moved to Naples, Florida, where Byron scored his first hole in one at Foxfire CC. And then scored a second one year later to the week at a neighboring course! He and Barbara then moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area, living first in Acworth and then Kennesaw. They were members of the Bentwater CC and later the Marietta CC. When Byron was once asked which golfers he would most like to play with, he replied, "Tom, Roger, Doug and Jim." Byron (also known as Grandpa and Great Grandpa) is survived by his wife Barbara, of Marietta, Georgia, brother John Anthony of Carrollton, Georgia, his sons and their spouses, Tom and Deborah Hurd, of Kennesaw, Georgia, Roger and Beth Hurd of Amherst, New Hampshire, John Douglas and Waldina Hurd of Miami, Florida, Jim and Kim Hurd of Smyrna, Tennessee. One of his favorite times of every year was Thanksgiving when he and Barbara would host their family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner, and a tradition that began in Chicago and traveled to Atlanta, The Famous Hurd Turkey Bowl, a spirited touch football game enjoyed by family and friends on the Friday after Thanksgiving. He will be missed greatly this year. He played many years himself until just recently, when he was then happy to cheer from the sidelines and shout out plays and encouragement. Those grandchildren missing him this year at Thanksgiving are Tom's children, Daniel Thomas and Elizabeth Nicole, Roger's children Evan McKinley, Tyler Allan and Sarah Louise, Jim's children Ryan James, Zachary Byron, and Amy Jean, and Doug's son, one year old John Anthony. His great granddaughter Hayden Kylie Hurd, Daniel's daughter, also survives him. Byron was predeceased by his grandson Andrew Kellow Hurd, Jim's son. Service will be held to celebrate Byron's full life with family and friends Friday on November 24, 2017 at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, 3385 Mars Hill Road, Acworth, GA 30101 at 10:30 AM.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 23, 2017
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