James Byron Byrd, Sr.

December 3, 1932 - November 30, 2016
James Byron Byrd, Sr.

James Byron Byrd, Sr., age 83 of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

James was born in Robeson County on December 3, 1932 to V.O. Byrd and Virginia Lois Singletary Byrd.
James was a member of Winter Park Baptist Church. For many years he worked in retail sales and was retired from the New Hanover County Water and Sewer in the Engineering Department. James was a member of Federal Point Lodge # 753 A.F. & A.M. He was an avid Carolina Basketball Fan.

James is survived by four children, James Byron Byrd, Jr. and wife Fawn, Donna Byrd Gasecki and husband Stephen, Alan Thomas Byrd and wife Wendy, and Joe Eldridge Byrd; seven grandchildren, Tennille Gore (Bill), Luke Byrd (Sarah), Joseph Gasecki, Stephen John Gasecki, Jr., JoBeth Byrd (Justin Riker), Alexander Byrd, and Madison Byrd; six great grandchildren Carson, Lydia, Landon, and Laethan Gore and Ava and Hayden Byrd; one brother, Edward Byrd. He was preceded in death by his wife Hilda Virginia Byrd who passed away on May 21, 2015.

The family will see friends from 6 to 8 pm Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Winter Park Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Funeral services are planned for 1 pm Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Winter Park Baptist Church, 4700 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC.

Burial will be in the Byrd Family Cemetery near Orrum, NC in Robeson County.

In lieu of flowers, please honor the memory of James by making a memorial donation to Winter Park Baptist Church by visiting www.tmcfunding.com.

A special thank you to Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Britt, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Fritz, Mr. & Mrs. Roger Hawkins, Mr. & Mrs. Claude Allison, Mr.& Mrs. Robert Walton, and many others that helped James and his family.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
1:00 PM

Winter Park Baptist Church - Directions
4700 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 791-4725


Saturday, December 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Winter Park Baptist Church - Directions
4700 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 791-4725

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  • December 02, 2016
    Jean Matthews says:
    I considered Hilda and James dear friends for almost 40 years. We all loved each other despite the miles and the time. I will truly miss both of my good buddies.

  • December 05, 2016
    Lawrence & Betty Mathews says:
    Hi Byron, sorry to hear about your Dad's passing last week. We know he is in a better place.