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Clifford BYRD Obituary
BYRD, Jr., Clifford March 29, 1950-November 22, 2017 Morrow, GA- Clifford Byrd Jr., 67 passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Clifford, one of five children, was born in Columbus, GA to the late Clifford Byrd Sr. and Dollie Byrd-Holley. He graduated from G.W. Carver High School in the class of 1968. After graduating from high school, Clifford enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp where he served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge. He joined the Columbus Police Department, retiring as a Detective following 34 years of dedicated service. While working at the Columbus Police Department, he attended Columbus State University majoring in Criminal Justice. Clifford later moved to Morrow, GA where he met his wife Vernell. He joined the Elk's of the World, receiving the PGER (Past Grand Exalted Ruler) Degree, one of the highest honors of Elkdom. Clifford is survived by his wife, Vernell; daughters, Tanisha Byrd-Mason (Todd) of Cypress, CA and Courtney Byrd of Stone Mountain, GA; sons, Brandon Byrd (Angela) and Andre Rodgers of Columbus, GA, and stepson, Jimmy Beavers of Atlanta, GA; 7 grandchildren, Cameron, Chandler, Meagan, Justin, Braden, Bryson and Delaney; a brother Larry Byrd (Tangee) of Atlanta, GA; two aunts, Sophronia Ford of Columbus, GA and Marie Benning of Brooklyn, NY; and a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews, in laws, relatives and friends. Other than his parents, Clifford was preceded in death by his grandparents Butts and Hannah (Big Momma) Psalmond; a sister, Vivian Byrd; two brothers Lorenzo Byrd and Micheal Byrd and a number of aunts and uncles. Visitation will be from 2:00-6:00 pm at Progressive Funeral Home on Friday, December 1, 2017. Funeral services for Clifford will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Progressive Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Green Acres Cemetery.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 1, 2017
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