Donald R. (Don) Byrd
August 10, 1931 – April 1, 2019
Don Byrd, age 87, went to be with Jesus on Monday, April 1. Don was born in Scott Co. TN, Aug 10, 1931. He married his loving wife Martha Dec 22, 1950. Don worked for Y-12 for 32 years. He spent his retirement pursuing his second career of ministry to others. He volunteered with the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief team, Mission of Hope, World Changers & numerous other small volunteer ministries. He was awarded the Jefferson Award in 1994 for all of his distinguished volunteer service. He was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist and former member of West Lonsdale Baptist. Preceded in death by parents Inman and Zora Byrd, 7 brothers, 1 sister and grandson, Austin Tyler Byrd. He is survived by his wife Martha Jones Byrd, sons & daughters-in-law, Rick (Sherrie), Del (Debra), Jeff (Dena), grandchildren Nathan (Ellen) Byrd, Kristen (Jimmy) Emerson, Lauren (Matthew) Garner, Megan (Chris) Hope, Trey, Peyton & Bailey Byrd, & 7 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank special caregivers from Professional Case Management Jeremy, Julia, Adrienne & Valerie. Honorary pall bearers: Jim Jones, David Hill, Bill Fair, Roscoe England & Jack Watson. Pall Bearers: John Byrd, Nathan Byrd, Trey Byrd, Chris Hope, Matthew Garner & Jimmy Emerson. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4:30-6:45 followed by the funeral at 7pm, officiated by Kent Williams at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Family and friends will meet Friday at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am interment at Oak Ridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Knox County Baptist Disaster Relief (KCAB) / Don Byrd Memorial, PO Box 11028, Knoxville, TN 37939. Condolences are welcome at weaverfuneralservices.com.
- Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, April 4, 2019
- Interment Friday, April 5, 2019
Donald R. (Don) Byrd
April 8, 2019
Having a papaw like Don Byrd was like an extremely special gift from God. There was something unique in his spirit that drew people in and his acts of service to others was his passion. He always made sure that all his grandchildren knew that we were greatly loved. Some of my greatest memories were time spent on Papaw and Mamaw's farm, feeding baby cows and fawns, playing in the creek, and eating bologna sandwiches in the cabin. I loved how Papaw called me "Sissy." He started calling me that when I was very young and continued to give me that nickname until he passed. He always used nicknames for his grandkids like "sugarfoot, and doodlebug/" I also have special memories of my Papaw and Mamaw playing "Heart and Soul" together on their living room piano and all the granddaughters dancing around in utter joy. I remember many occasions when Papaw made me a banana split at 10:00 at night, something only a grandad can get away with. And oh how his grandkids loved hearing him sing "Froggy Went a Courtin" or "A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea." Those songs will forever be classics in my mind. The love and laughter we shared with our papaw is unforgettable but to me the greatest legacy he left for us was his love for Christ and his example to serve and love others as the hands and feet of Jesus.
I love and miss you Papaw and look forward to seeing you again in heaven someday. - Much Love, Sissy
April 2, 2019
My Uncle Don. I can never think of him without feeling warmth in my heart. He was an amazing man with such a great capacity to love others. He loved God and his wife and family above all. Yet he still managed to have enough love left over for others. As a child I simply knew that he loved me. There was never a question or a doubt. When he saw me and my siblings, he smiled. When we talked, he listened. As an adult I came to admire a man that loved strangers as fiercely as he did family. He loved the Lord so much. It was this love that allowed the rest of us to feel joy every time we saw him. He was truly one of the good ones. To Aunt Martha, Rick, Dale, Jeff and your families, thank you for sharing him with us and others so many times and in so many ways. I pray God will give you comfort and peace during this time and always. ❤🙏