Valhalla Funeral Home & Valhalla Memory Gardens

698 Winchester RD NE, Huntsville, AL


Clarence A. Byrd Jr.

April 8, 1935March 19, 2020

Clarence Byrd, Red Byrd to his family and friends and Pappy to his grandkids, passed away peacefully Thursday at Donalson Care Center in Fayetteville, TN.

Red Byrd was born in Sumter County, Alabama. He graduated from Sumter County High School where he played football. He met his beloved wife, Virginia Powell in 9th grade and married her 6 years later on September 4, 1955. He loved her with all of his heart until her death in September 2017. Mr. Byrd attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API), now Auburn University, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1957. He participated in the ROTC program while attending Auburn University. After graduation, he served on active duty in the Army, Red Byrd, his wife and two children moved to Meridianville, AL in 1961 when he began his career with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center on Redstone Arsenal. Red Byrd was a skilled deer hunter his whole life. During hunting season, you always knew he would be in the woods or sitting at a green field on weekends. You could always find Red Byrd at the football, basketball and baseball games of his son when he was growing up. Throughout the years, Pappy watched his oldest granddaughter participate in Special Olympic events in Madison County. Pappy rarely missed any baseball or basketball games of his grandson and he attended 14 years of dance recitals when his youngest granddaughter performed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Powell Byrd, father, Clarence Abram Byrd Sr., mother, Edris Cameron Byrd and sister Gayle Byrd Weed.

Survivors include his son, John (Charlotte) Byrd, of Hazel Green, daughter, Sharon (Guy) Patterson, of Hazel Green, grandson, Brooks Patterson, granddaughters, Mary Grace Patterson and Cassie Patterson and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a limited visitation from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2022, at Valhalla Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Dr. Tommy J. Bolan officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Memorial Donations may be made to Lunches of Love through Mission Firefly.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 22, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 22, 2020


Clarence A. Byrd Jr.

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Carolyn Greenwood

March 22, 2020

I worked with Red Byrd at NASA as a coworker and later he was my supervisor enjoyed him very much

Tracy Hice

March 22, 2020

Mr. Byrd was always smiling and kind. We were lucky to have such Godly people as neighbors in Mr. and Mrs Byrd. Godspeed Mr. Byrd. We know you two are together again and smiling in the face of Jesus! Prayers for your whole family from our whole family with much love.
David, Tracy, Greg, Amber and Dillon Hice

Felicia DeWitt

March 21, 2020

I was honored to meet and help care for Mr. Byrd as a home health care provider. He was always smiling and in good cheer, even though he struggled physically. He never complained about his circumstances. May he Rest In Peace and send thoughts and prayers to his family.
Felicia DeWitt