Nelle Jeanine (Milam) Byrd

17 November, 19353 June, 2021

Nelle Jeanine (Milam) Byrd, age 85 of Duncanville, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021. She was born on November 17, 1935 in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Clarence Milam and Mildred Witherspoon Milam. Nelle married Jerry Byrd and he preceded her in death in 2011.

Nelle is survived by her brother James Milam and wife Beverly; son Jason Byrd; six grandkids; three great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including a very special friend, Jack Mason. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Byrd; daughter, Lori Sulipeck; and her parents.

She was a great mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many people. She was a teacher in Grand Prairie ISD for many years and was once elected teacher of the year in GPISD. Family and her church were the most important things in her life. She was the co-longest active member of First Presbyterian Church in Grand Prairie. Her grandfather and great aunt founded the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Grand Prairie.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 8 from 6:00-8:00pm for visitation at Bean Massey Burge Funeral Home, Grand Prairie. Graveside service will be at 9:30am on Wednesday, June 9 at Southland Cemetery. A funeral service will follow at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church of Grand Prairie.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 8 June , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, 9 June , 2021

  • Funeral Service

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Johnnie Faires

5 June 2021

So sorry to hear of MS. Byrd's passing. I remember her being the most compassionate teacher I had throughout school. I wanted to write more here for you, Jason, but the pressure of Ms. Byrd watching over and critiquing my poor spelling and grammar is more than I can bare. ( or is it bear?) I am grateful to have had her as a teacher—my prayers and condolences.

Stu Strain

4 June 2021

Mrs. Byrd was one of my favorite teachers. I was blessed to have her in 8th grade English at Jackson Middle School. Lord knows she had the patience to put up with us, and that is why God made her a teacher. She will always be remembered as a kind, loving and passionate teacher, and I am thankful for being one of her students.


4 June 2021

Jason, so sorry to hear the passing of your Mother. Mrs. Byrd was my favorite teacher I ever had at Jackson Middle School. I always loved going to her class. I know you and your family will dearly miss her and will always hold close to your heart of all the fond memories you had with your Mom.

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