March 25, 1954 – October 5, 2019
Ricky “Rick” Dale Byrd, 65, of Kingwood, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. Born in New Boston, Texas to Jim Davis Byrd and Mildred (“Maudie”) Maurine Byrd. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, as well as his brother, James Byrd. He is survived by his wife, Amy Byrd; sister, Betty Ward and husband Tommy; brother, Tim Byrd and wife Teena; sister-in-law Martha Byrd; and daughters Jaime Groff and husband Brian, Jennifer DeWitt and husband Ned, Ashley Earhart and wife Daphne Johnson; and grandchildren Tucker Eberling and MJ Earhart-Johnson, and numerous nieces and nephews and an extended host of family members, friends and loved ones.
Rick was a devoted husband and father. He graduated from M.B. Smiley High School, Class of 1972. He worked many years in the oilfield industry and eventually opened his own service and supply company, Byrd Oilfield Service & Supply (“BOSS”). Rick will be remembered for his charm, love for the spoken word, irreverent sense of humor, quick wit and a laugh that would make anyone fall in love with him. It wasn’t uncommon for him to be the center of attention because he could light up a room with his laughter. He was notorious for circulating jokes via email; and just as notorious at circulating request for prayers for his family and friends. Rick loved cooking and sharing food with others. If he wasn’t cooking his famous deviled eggs for others, he was buying kolaches and donuts for them. Rick always took a personal interest in everyone he met. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love. He was a devoted Christian and member of The Woodlands First Baptist Church. He enjoyed the Mountain Climbers Sunday School class and above all, he enjoyed witnessing to others. On any given Sunday, Rick and Amy would attend The Woodlands First Baptist Church, as well as Kingwood First Baptist Church and Living Creek Church in Porter, Texas.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at Brookside Funeral Home (Dignity Memorial) located at 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas 77039. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Brookside Funeral Home (Dignity Memorial).
- Johnny Davis
- Brian Groff
- Bobby Hall
- John Hill
- Floyd Jackson
- John Mabry
- Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
October 17, 2019
Rick (and Amy) lived God's Word as they loved their neighbor! I was fortunate enough to be that neighbor. It was a very difficult time in my life, and I needed that love. They did not know how much I needed their love or what a difference it made in my life. I too received kolaches, donuts, and deviled eggs, but also an invitation to Christmas at Jaime and Brian's house. I will miss the call on my birthday to ask me if I had gone to Denny's for my free Grand Slam breakfast and his comment that he was going the next day for his birthday - as we are one day apart. I will miss the Happy Thanksgiving text as well. He made me feel special, and now I realize he made everyone feel special! He was the SPECIAL ONE! He inspires me to be a better husband, father, friend, and neighbor. Thanks Amy, Jaime, Jennifer, and Ashley for sharing your husband, father, and friend with me!
Carolyn & John Mabry
October 9, 2019
John and I both knew Rick from high school.
John was very close to him and even went to church camp with him ♥️
They kept in touch through the years because they both worked in the oilfield and traveled a lot and always had a lot of stories to share .
Rick would visit us off and on through the years and always had a chocolate pie in hand ♥️
He always had a SMILE on his face even when he wasn’t feeling his best !
We always talked about our common interest as we both had a liver transplant and we had the same doctor 😍
He was a great friend who will be dearly missed♥️
RIP Rick , I know God has made you a special angel ♥️
Joe and Louise Nix
October 9, 2019
Our sincere sympathies to Amy and Rick’s family. We will miss him terribly. He was a true friend to us and exhibited his great capacity to show his Christian love in many ways particularly when Joe was so sick. His great smile and “how you doing” as he entered the back door with a container of soup, a coconut cream pie, or a package of food from the church’s Wednesday night dinners. He exhibited the true Christian spirit in his daily life. We will never forget him. Joe and Louise
October 8, 2019
Jaime my heart goes out to you!! You and your father are fighters. And I know he fought hard to stay here. I will never forget someone so full of life and always smiling when I saw him. Ready with a joke . And where the heck you been . Prayers for Strength love you much.
October 8, 2019
Loss for words; and even more lost without you amongst us. You will NEVER EVER be forgotten, but we shall meet again. I was blessed to have you as a brother-in-law.
Jaime, time will heal. May you rejoice in his homecoming and your memories of him last a lifetime.
Amy, my condolences and deepest sympathy to you and yours. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings to each of you.
Becky True (Reed)
October 8, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. I went to Smiley with Rick. He was 2 years ahead of me but I hung out with several people from his class. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God bless you. Becky (Reed) True.