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Wilmer Cleophas Byrd, Jr.

May 6, 1943January 9, 2021
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Wilmer Cleophas Byrd, Jr., 77, of Harrisonburg passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab.

He was born on May 6, 1943 in Harrisonburg and was the son of the late Wilmer C. Byrd, Sr. and Ann Howard Byrd.

Wilmer was a graduate of the Lucy F. Simms School and a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. He was a custodian at Massanutten Technical Center, while maintaining his own local custodial service before retiring.

He was an avid Washington Redskins fan and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was married for 50 years to Etta Byrd, who preceded him in death on September 10, 2015.

He is survived by a son, W. C. Byrd, III, and wife, Tammy, of Grottoes; a daughter, Ashley Campbell and husband, Andrew, of Richmond; five grandchildren, Ryan and Devon Byrd, Annie, Averie and Aaden Campbell; three brothers, Charles Byrd, Howard Byrd and wife, Anne, all of Harrisonburg, and Jimmy Ray of New York.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Jesse Byrd.

The family will receive friends 2-4 pm, Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Due to COVID-19 please follow all current CDC guidelines.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Doris Fields

January 17, 2021

I have been friends with Byrd for many years. We attended high school together at Lucy F. Simms. After graduation, we went in different directions but reconnected a couple years ago when I was in Elkton helping to take care of my mom. During that time, I found him to be a man of faith, compassionate, and he had an undying love for his children and grandchildren. I will truly miss my friend. To his family I offer my prayers, sincere condolences and may God be your comforter.

William Showalter III

January 16, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss, he will be truly missed. Prayers for the family.

Shermaine Thomas

January 14, 2021

To the Byrd family. I am so very sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Years back when I visited Harrisonburg regularly to spend weekends with Butch’s dad (my stepdad) and my nannie (Butch’s step mother) I would always enjoy time spent with Butch and Etta as well. They were family. I will always hold those wonderful memories in my heart. I pray for your comfort and you have my sincere condolences. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the services but I will be with you in spirit. God bless you all.

Love, John and Shermaine Thomas

Bernice Temple

January 14, 2021

Bernice and Tonya Temple

We send our deepest sympathy to the Byrd Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and ongoing. We hope your memories of special times bring you comfort. We will remember his positive attitude, enduring strength and words of wisdom during his journey. To God be the glory for a life well lived.

Deborah Carter

January 13, 2021

I was very sad to hear about Wilmer (Big Byrd to me). He was a person that always made me smile when I would see him. He was one of my hometown friends that I grew up with. Praying for the family at this sad time. Love this family

Jack & Joy Harper

January 13, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. He will deeply be missed !!

Harry Neal

January 13, 2021

I was so sorry to hear about Wilmer's passing. May your good memories bring you comfort. God bless you.

Susan Wilson

January 12, 2021

WC, Ashley and family, I am very sorry to hear of your father's/grandfather's passing. I really enjoyed all the years of living next to your parents/grandparents. They were both so kind and I always enjoyed seeing their friendly smiles and hearing their cheery hellos while we passed each other coming and going. I heard many stories too about their children and grand children that they thought so much of. Please take comfort in knowing they are together again.

Charles (Graves) Rothgeb

January 12, 2021

Kathy and Charles send condolences to Anne, for the loss of your brother-in-law. We send our deepest sympathy. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Gloria Stout

January 12, 2021

Byrd was a dear friend to my husband Benny Stout who died on Nov 22nd. They shared many talks at Davita. I'm sure the nurses got a big kick listening to them. One of Benny's concerns when he was in his last days was for Byrd of how his death would affect him. They were great friends in this world and sure it continues.
Love
Gloria Stout

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Biography

Wilmer Cleophas Byrd, Jr., 77, of Harrisonburg passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab.

He was born on May 6, 1943 in Harrisonburg and was the son of the late Wilmer C. Byrd, Sr. and Ann Howard Byrd.

Wilmer was a graduate of the Lucy F. Simms School and a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. He was a custodian at Massanutten Technical Center, while maintaining his own local custodial service before retiring.

He was an avid Washington Redskins fan and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He was married for 50 years to Etta Byrd, who preceded him in death on September 10, 2015.

He is survived by a son, W. C. Byrd, III, and wife, Tammy, of Grottoes; a daughter, Ashley Campbell and husband, Andrew, of Richmond; five grandchildren, Ryan and Devon Byrd, Annie, Averie and Aaden Campbell; three brothers, Charles Byrd, Howard Byrd and wife, Anne, all of Harrisonburg, and Jimmy Ray of New York.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Jesse Byrd.

The family will receive friends 2-4 pm, Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Due to COVID-19 please follow all current CDC guidelines.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.