Byrd, III, Claude Rhea
Claude "Rhea" Byrd, III, age 74, of Surf City, NC, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021 following an illness. Rhea was born and raised in South Knoxville. He was a 1964 graduate of Young High School. After serving in the US Navy, Rhea graduated from the University of Tennessee. Following college, he began his career with Wrangler Jeans and worked his way up to an executive position and retired after 40 years of service. Rhea loved traveling and Ireland was one of his favorite destinations. He was preceded in death by parents, Claude and Mildred Byrd. Rhea was the great-grandson of I.C. King, Sr. Survivors include beloved, long-time companion, Mary Byrd; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Calvin Howard; niece and nephew, Angela and Charlie Howard; cousins, Rick, Emmett and Kathy Byrd, and many friends in Surf City and Knoxville. Family and friends will meet Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Woodlawn Cemetery for a 11 a.m. graveside service, Sam Darden officiating. Memorials may be made to Paddle 4 Troops, P.O. Box 2428, Surf City, NC 28445. Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com
. Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37920.
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Published by Greensboro News & Record on Jul. 20, 2021.