Tyrone "Tony" Byrd

February 21, 1944July 27, 2014

Tyrone “Tony” Byrd, 70, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Born in Sargent, Georgia he was the son of the late Lois and Otis Byrd. While growing up in Newnan, GA, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America; attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Service Corp in Vietnam. He was decorated with a bronze star and air medal. Tony graduated from the University of Georgia Cum Laude BBA and MBA with post-graduate work at Columbia University. While attending the University of Georgia, he was a member of the baseball team, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, as well as Beta Gama Sigma and Sigma Iota Epsilon business fraternities. Mr. Byrd was a longtime banker in Athens and was also involved in the Athens Community. He was a member of the Georgia Touchdown Club, The Tip off Club, The Talmadge Terrace and Lanier Gardens Executive Board, a member of The Classic Center Foundation; The President’s Club and served as past president of the Anna’s Walk Homeowners Association. Along with his wife, Sylvia, he enjoyed traveling to exotic places in the world where he was able to pursue his avid love of photography. Tony was known as an avid Bulldawg fan and supporter. Mr. Byrd was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens where he served as a past chairman of the board of deacons and attained the position of deacon emeritus. He was involved with many church activities as a member of the Joe Callaway Sunday School Class. Survivors include his wife Sylvia Byrd of Athens; sister-in-law, DeAlice (Danny) Williamson; brothers-in-law, Candler (Brenda) Boyd and Bill (Pat) Boyd; nieces and nephews, Tim Boyd, Candler Boyd, Darby Kinder, Jeff Boyd, and Cain Williamson; cousins, Kathy Shavers, Karri (Doug) Cook, and Sharon (Mike) Daley, and several great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11am Thursday, July 31st, at the Athens First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Baxley, Dr. Jon Appleton and Dr. Ray Austin officiating. Interment will follow in Oconee Hill cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the ALS Foundation-Georgia, 1955 Cliff Valley Way NE # 116, Atlanta, GA 30329 or the Athens First Baptist Church Capital Improvement Fund, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens, Georgia 30601. The family will receive friends at Bernstein on Wednesday from 6-8 pm. On line condolences and audio guest book may be made at Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 31, 2014

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August 2, 2014 and Tony were our very first neighbors when we arrived in Athens in 1984 and made us feel so welcome. Our families share some wonderful memories with you, and our two granddaughters still speak fondly of you both. All of us wish you solace from oll those memories that you and Tony created....that, truly, is immortality. Chuck would also include his condolences.

Trudy Bradley

george allen

July 31, 2014

Sylvia, so sorry for your loss. We heard Wed night. Our prayers are with you.
George and Jean Allen

Eugene Smith

July 31, 2014

Sylvia, I am thankful that I was able to talk with Tony at the 50th class reunion in Newnan. We shared many memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Geno Smith

Chuck Williams

July 30, 2014

Tony always was quick to extend a friendly handshake, and "talk a bit of banking and Bulldogs". A ready smile and a kind word was his trademark. He will be missed.

July 30, 2014

Sylvia, our love and prayers for you at this time. Pam and Pat Segraves

Paul Holmes

July 30, 2014

Tony was a fine banker, great Bulldog.and always a gentleman.

Terri Guy

July 30, 2014

Sylvia, we are so saddened by Tony's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Terri, Dana & Danielle

July 30, 2014

Sylvia, Tony was a great person. I remember he always came to church on Mothers Day With Lois, My Mom and his were the best of Friends. I knew Tony when he was growing up. I have a lot of memories of him. Prayers and love.

Jean Hopson Newnan, Ga.

Nancy H. Eubanks

July 30, 2014

Mrs. Byrd and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Byrd's passing. He was always a nice and respectable gentleman, where ever you saw him. He and Mr. Terrel were th perfect pair for Banking. Mr. Byrd always had His hand out to shake yours with a smile on his face. I know you will miss him very much. My prayers are with You.

Bernstein Funeral Home

July 30, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.