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Dr. Roscoe William Byrd, Jr. was a Professor Emeritus at Virginia State University where he led the Animal Sciences Department from 1985-2002. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia State University, Dr. Byrd had a career in Public Health with the United States Army. He entered the Army Veterinary Corps in 1964 and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1985. His career included food inspection and directing a rabies laboratory.

Dr. Byrd pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated in 1957 while attending the University of Southern California. In 1973, Dr. Byrd received a Master of Science in Infectious Disease from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Historic Tuskegee Institute in 1964. Tuskegee is also his hometown. He completed The Tuskegee Institute High in 1956. Dr. Byrd's parents are also Tuskegee Alumni. His father was an administrator at Tuskegee and his mom a teacher at the Historic Chambliss Children's House School for the Children of Tuskegee Institute faculty before becoming Principal of the Cerebral Palsy School of Chicago.

When not on the golf course, Dr. Byrd attended events at the Richmond Jazz Society. He was also a patron of classical music. His greatest joy was watching his grandson play tennis through the National Junior Tennis League, a program started by Richmond native Arthur Ashe. He also attended his granddaughters' dance and gymnastic recitals. He rarely missed any of their birthday parties.

Dr. Byrd is survived by his children Brian Cordell Byrd, Bettina Byrd-Giles (James Giles), Evita Chantall Byrd (Richard Fields), and Brett Ross Byrd, and his grandchildren Khayria Fields, James Edward Giles Jr., Khadijah Imani Fields, and Asiyah Sabreen Fields.

Viewing will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 4, 2020 at J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Tuskegee College of Veterinary Medicine at

Please follow the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911,
Published in The Progress-Index from Jun. 3 to Jun. 4, 2020.
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July 3, 2020
My condolences and prayers...Have fond memories of our will be miss.
Jeanette Lyons
June 26, 2020
I enjoyed talking to Dr. Byrd on the campus of VSU and the credit union. You will be missed. Rest in peace and power my brother of The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Floyd Robinson Jr
June 10, 2020
new Roscoe through the Petersburg YMCA, always a gentleman and he loved golf. May you be blessed in your heavenly journey.

Sincerely, John F. Jarratt
John F Jaratt
June 9, 2020
I knew Scodie as a Freshman in Nursing at Tuskegee Institute, where he was a Senior in Veterinary Medicine. There were lapses in the friendship over time, but we finally reconnected via Facebook in 2009. Will miss him very much!!
Carolyn Miller
June 8, 2020
Roscoe was a kind man that I have enjoyed being friends with since the early 90s. My heart is broken that I wont have the pleasure of his visits when he walked at the mall. Prayers for his family that he loved so much! Sheri Pilout
Sheri Pilout
June 8, 2020
Dr. Byrd was my advisor at VSU. He was a great help to me and instrumental in me getting into veterinary school. My condolences to his family I know he will be greatly missed.
Hannah Parker
June 8, 2020
Dr. Roscoe Byrd was my colleague at Virginia State University. I have great respects for Dr. Byrd as a professional, mentor to his students, and proving me advise whenever I reached him. He will be remembered by the academic community for his contributions. My Condolences to his family.
Shobha Sriharan
June 6, 2020
My heart goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. I was sorry to hear of your father's pasasing, and I will be thinking of you.
Christopher Kelly
June 5, 2020
Piece be still, comfort and blessings to the family of a Great Man. Dr. Byrd your words of encouragement, your easy manner, caring sprit and unpretentious approach made our passing conversations enjoyable and memorable. I will miss you my Brother!
Billy Davis
June 4, 2020
Salam Evita;

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Adeeb & Khadijeh Abed
June 4, 2020

Praying with you and your family during this difficult time. May the many memories of your father bring you comfort and Gods spirit strengthen you. Peace be with you.
Serena Starks Jones
June 4, 2020

I miss you so much. My heart goes out to Bettina and Evita and the rest of your family. The Dear Lord brought you into my life 25+ years ago. I am so blessed to have known you. You are a big reason I am alive today. I and many others have benefitted from your guidance, advice, wisdom, experience, knowledge, and friendship. You will be with me for the rest of my life. I will be talking to you and you will be talking to me. I owe you so
Much, Thanks! I love you my Brother.

Benjamin C. Boisseau
June 4, 2020
Sending prayers on the loss of your father. May he fly with the Angel's before him. Rest well. I salute you my fellow soldiers. Army strong.
Diana Ware McKenzie-Embray
June 4, 2020
Thank you Scodie for great conversations. Thank you for connecting with the family and supporting our idea of bringing family together. Thank you for all of your great accomplishments. You will remain such an inspiration to us all. We love you and we will miss you. Until we meet again. Job well done my cousin. Job well done. R.I.P.
To the children and grandchildren of Scodie our family wants you to know you are in our prayers. We send our love, light and prayers for comfort and peace in this time. We are here for you ❤
Hattie, Lauri,(David), Kim and Family
June 4, 2020
Scodie B, I love you Bro. Though you were my brother-in-law, you were more like a brother. It hurt when I lost your sister, Judi and now I have the hurt of losing you. Im going to miss your calls to check up on me and threats to put out an APB when I didnt call you back in a reasonable time. Like wise Im going to miss being able to call and check on you and just talk about anything that came to your or my mind. I hope and pray that in leaving us you have gone to a better place. It hurts that you left when we were least expecting it. But our Father in heaven knows best. I love you very much and couldnt have had a better brother gained through a marriage bond. Rest well my brother.
James Austin Ming
Jim Ming
June 3, 2020
Rest In peace my friend. Our families were very close, more like family than friends from the beginning; way back in the early days in Tuskegee. God Bless,

M. Ronald Fernandes
June 3, 2020
Bettina, my heart is heavy for you and your family. I'm praying that God's peace will envelop you and your family now and in the days to come.
Daphne Hill
June 3, 2020
Really going to miss you my buddy
Really going to miss you my friend
It's really going to be different without you
Time is going be hard and slow
For the rest of my life
I'll be thinking about the good times we had
But the Time has come when you had to go

I'll miss you my buddy
I'll miss you my friend
without you things won't be the same
But there's a higher power that we answer to
And you heard Him calling your name

Really gonna miss you my buddy
Really going to miss you miss you my friend
When you get to that magic place
Say hello to all our friends who arrived before you
Say I expect to join you all soon
So save a spot for me in that upper room

I'll miss you my buddy
I'll miss you my friend
I promise you our friendship will never end will never end

In the bond

jerome Goldsboro
June 3, 2020
Miss you Dad
Bettina Byrd-Giles
June 3, 2020
In loving memory of a great friend...
Wyvette Hoffman
June 2, 2020
June 2, 2020
Superb man, Kappa; he taught me alo! God has another purpose for him. God bless his family!
Robert Jones
June 2, 2020
Dr. Byrd was like my father away from home while attending Virginia State University. He helps students without looking for anything in return - all he want Ed was for you to SUCCEED. RIH.....this HURTS
Reginald Pasteur
June 2, 2020
Evita, Please accept my condolences and know that Christina and I will keep you and your family in our prayers
Irene Logan
June 2, 2020
God's blessings of comfort and peace to the family of Dr. Byrd.
Rosa Manson
June 2, 2020
I am sorry for your loss. Your father will be missed and he will never be forgotten. I will always cherish the memories of our friendship, may he rest in peace.
John Bailey (BONGO)
June 2, 2020
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Willie Pettway
June 2, 2020
I love you Big brother!
Thank you for all the long life lessons, your honesty, integrity, loyalty, excellence insight, wisdom, and most importantly, your time and friendship! I will always remember our times shared together, and "I still got you covered Coronal, Doctor, Professor, Professor of music, and Big brother!"
Job well done Home boy! I you my Brother! I talk with you later and it's all good brother! Willie out!!!
Willie Pettway
June 1, 2020
Thank you for such a wonderful friendship!
It was the best!
Jeanne Johns Adkins
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