Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

March 15, 2013

Cecil Ray Byrd

FALLS MILLS, Va. — Cecil Ray Byrd, 64, of Falls Mills, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, West Virginia. Born in Pocahontas, Va., he was the son of Cassie Byrd Wise and the late Charles Byrd of Pocahontas, Va.

He was a 1966 graduate of Pocahontas High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Vietnam War. Cecil received several medals during his Vietnam tour of duty including the South Vietnam Commendation Medal, the United States Commendation Medal and the South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was also employed by the United States Postal Service of Bluefield, Va.  for 32 years. Cecil was a member of the NRA, the Triangle Sportsman's Club and a devoted member of the Church by Christ Jesus of Pocahontas, Va.

Cecil never met a stranger. He was known and loved by many. He especially loved getting to know his customers he served at the post office. He loved his children, grandchildren and family very much. A favorite pastime for Cecil was his great love for muscle cars. In the last few years of his life he was a devout Christian and lived to serve God. Cecil was a very caring, kind, giving and hard working man.  

In addition to his father, Cecil is preceded in death by an infant sister Carolyn Jean.

Survivors include his mother, Cassie Byrd Wise of Pocahontas, Va.; long time love, Suzie Webb of Bluefield, Va.; daughter, Stephanie Long and husband Grant of Christiansburg, Va.; son, Tracy Byrd and wife Becky of Franklin, Massachusetts; former wife and friend, Loretta Byrd of Pocahontas, Va.; two brothers, Donnie Byrd of Pocahontas, Va. and Tommy Byrd and wife Ruth of Bluefield, Va.; sisters, Beulah Mitchell and husband James of Pocahontas, Va., Judy Gibson and husband Mike of Pocahontas, Va. and Debbie Sandifer and husband Eddie of Bluefield, Va. (Abb's Valley); grandsons, Bryce, Brendon and Brody Long all of Christiansburg, Va.; granddaughter, Kerabeth Long of Christiansburg, Va.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va. with the Rev. Mike Gibson and Tommy Byrd officiating. Interment will follow at the Swim Cemetery on Peel Chestnut Mountain. Friends may call Friday, March 15, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va. Military rites will be conducted by the Pocahontas American Legion Post #14 and the VFW 9696 of Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Flowers are appreciated but donations may also be made in Cecil's memory to the following organizations: Church by Christ Jesus of Pocahontas, Va., Disabled Veterans and Toys 4 Tots.

The Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va. is serving the Byrd family.

For more information, or to have the funeral home pass along your condolences, visit www.RodriguezFuneral.com

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • George Pearis Damewood III George Pearis Damewood III

    WARRENTON, Va. — George Pearis Damewood III of Warrenton, VA passed away April 16, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living, VA on his 88th birthday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Van Goforth

    BRUSHFORK — Jerry Van Goforth 70 of Brushfork, WV passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, WV.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ricky Lane Slade Ricky Lane Slade

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ricky Lane Slade, age 48, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Bluefield, VA, passed away in Charlotte on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett

    PRINCETON — Emily Elizabeth “Betty” Barrett, 89, of The Havens, New Hope Road, Princeton, departed from this life early Sunday morning, April 13, 2014 at Serenity Place on the Browns Ridge Road, Lerona.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smith Thomas Carr Smith Thomas Carr

    MONROE, N.C. — Smith Thomas Carr, age 37, of Monroe, NC, formerly of Rocky Gap, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 following a tree accident on his job.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iris O'Quinn McClanahan Iris O'Quinn McClanahan

    ABINGDON, Va. — Iris O'Quinn McClanahan, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Grace Health Care.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norma J. Meadows Norma J. Meadows

    POUNDING MILL, Va. — Norma J. Meadows, age 84, of Pounding Mill, Virginia entered into eternal rest in Abingdon, Virginia on Thursday, April 17, 2014 after an extended illness.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten, age 24, of Bluefield, VA, passed away, April 14, 2014.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harry Edward Kight Harry Edward Kight

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, Md. — Harry Edward Kight, age 89, of Deep Creek Lake, MD and Severna Park, MD, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Severna Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr. Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr.

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Kenneth Dean Jackson, Sr., Bluefield, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo