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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Kathy Smith Byal

April 12, 1963February 4, 2020
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Kathryn Smith Byal passed away on February 4, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida where she was residing at the time of her death.

Kathy grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where she received her early schooling. She graduated from Florida State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising. She was a member of Tri Delta sorority where she made a lifetime of friends. After her children, Kathy enjoyed physical fitness, which included jogging and exercising. Her knowledge of food values always assured healthy foods for her family. She was an aerobic instructor which was of great enjoyment to her. Her early employment career included retail merchandising and insurance claims adjuster; both before she began raising her family, which she dearly loved.

Kathy was predeceased by her mother, Carolyn Smith. She is survived by her children, Derrick Byal of Ft. Myers, Florida, Randy Byal of Orlando, Florida and Kelly Byal of Jacksonville, Florida. Other survivors are her father, Molton Smith III and her brother, Molton Smith IV, both of Jacksonville, Florida; and her aunt, Elizabeth Causey of St. Augustine, Florida.

Kathy's Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Karen Raymond

February 23, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend. The last time I saw her was when my friend drove me to Gainesville to stay with her for hurricane Irma. I will dearly miss her and if anyone who sees this knows how to contact one of her kids I have a large stack of her family photo albums, her Florida State diploma, an autograph picture of her and Bobby Bowden and I think her kids would want these items. My number is 239-895-4900

PATRICIA ANN

February 12, 2020

I remember Kathy from FSU and Fashion Merchandising..we were both in the same undergraduate major.....RIP

Jamie Elmhirst

February 10, 2020

Kathy brought my aching heart back to life in times of hardships. When I saw this beautiful woman at a meeting, I couldn't help myself but to reach out.
I'm so glad I did, we bonded with each other in a unique way that no one would understand but us.
She had such a Happy voice and Happy welcoming personality, she embraced my company as if I was family.
I am FOREVER going to hold on to my special friend that left too soon but spirits will always linger and I will embrace those moments.
I love you Kathy.

Elise (Lisa) Green Kern

February 9, 2020

Kathy and I were ΔΔΔ pledge sisters in ‘83. She was so much fun , and had the greatest laugh! We were roomies at the Tri Delta house the fall of my jr. year, Kathy’s sr. year. I wish I had kept better touch after college - she was a wonderful person♥️

Liz Fielding Spivey

February 9, 2020

I will always remember the sassy girl I took through sorority rush at Tri Delta in the early 80’s. We ended up being roommates and good friends and I laugh now just thinking about all the fun we had. Kathy was a die hard FSU fan and we spent many weekends cheering on the Noles. She was one of my first friends to have children and I loved hearing her funny stories about her kids. She loved being a Mom! Miss you Kathy Smith Byal - and love you always. ❤️

Francie Ray

February 8, 2020

Great times at FSU w Kathy! Love you girl!

Tracy Hale

February 8, 2020

Kathy was the first friend that I made at FSU. We would see each other during the day when we were going through sorority Rush, and at night at all of the fraternity parties, where we would talk about our day. When I walked up to the Tri Delta house on bid day, she was already there. She ran up to me, gave me a huge hug and said, "I KNEW I'd see you here!!" We had so many great times through the years. I miss her and wish her and her family peace

Francie Ray

February 8, 2020

I am deeply sorry to hear about Kathy. She was like a sister to Amy and I. We have many wonderful memories of college and Spring Breaks together. She never lost her sense of humor even when our car broke down on way home for Spring Break. Kathy had a heart of gold and she will be dearly missed. Praying for Kathy and her family. Xxxooo

Kathy and Larry Silverdahl

February 8, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amy Devlin

February 7, 2020

We are so deeply saddened to hear about Kathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Byal and Smith families. She was a great friend. Heaven has gained a new Angel.
We are thinking of all of you.
Love, Tim, Amy and Robby Devlin

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