James Byrne

North Myrtle Beach, Sc, North Carolina

Jul 30, 1931 – Nov 6, 2019 (Age 88)


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James Byrne
North Myrtle Beach, SC— James F. Byrne, age 88 of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina passed away on November 6, 2019. Jimmy was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina on July 30,1931, the son of Carson C. Byrne and Clementine Stephens.
Jimmy was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmont where he served as a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years. He was an active civic leader on the local, county, state, and national levels throughout his life. He received a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University in 1953, and a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel in 1959.
He served on the Board of directors of the American Lung Association for 35 years, as well as state President of the Association. He also served as Director of the Board on the Executive Committee of the American Lung Association in New York for 12 years. He received the Humanitarian Award in 1993 from the National Office and retired as its Vice President.
Jimmy served on the Endowment Board and Library Board of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He was on the founding committee of the Robeson County Community Foundation and served as its first president. He served as Chairman of the fundraising Committee of Southeastern General Hospital, and as President of the Fairmont Development Corporation. He also served as President of the Fairmont Rotary Club and as auctioneer for its fundraiser for 43 years. He was a Mason and a Shriner and served several terms as Shrine President.
Jim retired as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern National Bank, presently BB&T. He enjoyed his innovative years with the bank with new product development and customer services which were the first of their kind, to include setting up the first off premises automatic teller machines throughout N.C. He retired in 1993 after 31 years of service. He and his wife Daphne retired in North Myrtle Bach, South Carolina in 1993.
He is survived by his three daughters, Paula Drafts and husband Alex Drafts of Columbia, S.C., Ann Taylor of Little River, S.C., and Laura Roebuck and husband Kenneth Roebuck of Wilmington, N.C. He is also survived by his three grandsons, James Drafts of Longmont, Colorado, Austin Taylor and his wife Carson Taylor of Columbia, S.C., Matthew Taylor of Columbia S.C., as well as his sister, Virginia Tedder of Greensboro, N.C.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 416 South Main Street, Fairmont, N.C., 28340 on Saturday November 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM. A visitation will precede the service in the Vestibule at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to:
The James F. Byrne Endowment
c/o North Carolina Community Foundation
3737 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 460
Raleigh, NC 27612
The fund supports the First Baptist Church of Fairmont

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Jim Byrne was instrumental in making Southern National Bank the successful bank that it was. His development of new products and services was uniquely creative, his openness to new ideas and thoughts was always welcome. He treated employees with respect, listened to what they had to say and did not mind you disagreeing with him. He also knew when to give praise. I will always remember his humor (and jokes), his smile, and his genuine interest in others.

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What a wonderful, kind, funny, and delight gentleman he was. And he was a wonderful Sunday School teacher and we enjoyed him so very much. I taught with his wife Daphne for a few years and she was also truly delightful. She told us some funny stories during our lunch breaks. A truly beautiful lady and she and Jimmy had a wonderful life and family. And had wonderful and beautiful daughters.

Jim was a PIKA fraternity brother of mine at old Wake Forest. I shall never forget his happy, cheerful personality as he enjoyed college life with his many friends. He was a joy to be around.

Although Jim & I were 1/2 siblings, we did not
grow up together & rarely saw each other
through the years. He did have a remarkable
life & enjoyed every day until his health began
to take a toll. His daughters were indeed
blessed to have him as a dad.
Grace & Peace to all who mourn his loss.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Jim and I were classmates at Wake Forest and, later, neighbors in Fairmont where we raised our families. He was a great guy.

I remember Mr. Byrne fondly from my days at Southern National. He always seemed to be genuine and fair in his dealings. My thoughts and prayers are with the Byrne family.

Prayers and Love to family and friends. Fond memories.

I have such wonderful memories growing up next door to the Byrnes. Mr. Jimmy and Ms. Daphne's home was always open to the Britt kids next door. Laura, Ann, and Paula -- I am thinking of you all.