Elizabeth “Libby” Byrd Zachary

February 19, 1950 - April 14, 2024
Elizabeth “Libby” Byrd Zachary

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Elizabeth Byrd Zachary, affectionately known as Libby, passed away peacefully at her home in Wilmington, NC on April 14, 2024. Libby was born on February 19, 1950, to the late Ebron Brantley and Mae Celeste Byrd (née Hester).

She is survived by her three devoted sons, Billy Zachary, John Zachary (Allie) and their children Piper and Banks, and Chris Zachary (Bee) and their children Evie, Emily, and Pierce. Elizabeth also leaves behind her cherished sister, Mary (Tish) Hatley, whose bond was unbreakable, and many other extended family members in Charlotte, St. Louis, and California. In addition to the aforementioned, Libby is preceded in death by her sister Judy Thomas and her two brothers, Bill and Skip Byrd.

Libby’s life was defined by her unwavering devotion to her family and friends, and her compassionate nature, which touched the lives of all who knew her. She will be remembered for her kind heart, gentle spirit, and selfless dedication to those around her.

Her legacy lives on in the hearts of her family and friends, who find solace in the countless memories of her warmth and love. Libby’s presence will be deeply missed, but her spirit will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to have known her.

A celebration of Libby’s life will be held at a later date.

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Care entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • April 26, 2024
    Cyndi Meyer says:
    Libby was such a bright ray of sunshine! I loved working with her at Noah’s Ark.

  • April 25, 2024
    Vickie H Kontalonis posted an image:
    One of the many great field trips with Libby!
    One of the many great field trips with Libby!

  • April 24, 2024
    Rich Straple says:
    So sorry to hear of Libby's passing. She was a once-in-a-lifetime sort of person that was a pleasure to be with; smart, witty, adventurous and so very talented in her art and music endeavors. I had the honor of knowing the Byrd family over the years and Libby was a jewel of a lady, a finishing touch to a great family. She will be missed but not forgotten. Rest well, Libbo.

  • April 23, 2024
    Gene Tucker says:
    🙏🙏🙏

  • April 22, 2024
    Bruce Hester says:
    Will miss my cousin!