Stephen Michael Byrd

November 1, 1970March 6, 2018

Stephen Michael Byrd, 47, of Springfield, passed away on March 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born on November 3, 1970 in Tarrant County, Texas to Michael and Mary Reed Byrd. Stephen married Kelly L. Cook in Las Vegas on June 25, 2003 and she survives. Mr. Byrd is also survived by his son Benjamin Byrd of Springfield, mother Mary (Gary) LeMay of Oak Ridge, TN., sister Stefanie Simpson of Fort Worth, TX., brother Aaron LeMay of Seattle, WA., uncle Jim Byrd and niece Katy Simpson both of Fort Worth, TX. He was preceded in death by his father. Stephen was a drummer for twenty seven years in the Carbondale area playing with several bands including: The Silver Tongue Devils, AD/CB and Mothervaudville. He met his future wife Kelly at PK’s in Carbondale while playing with Fink Ployd. Stephen loved to hike in the Shawnee National Forest, attend concerts and go fishing. He enjoyed playing soccer with his son and going to Chuck E Cheese. Stephen was known for his “long political rants” and many facebook debates. A memorial gathering will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday April 7, 2018 at PK’s Bar, 308 South Illinois Ave. Carbondale, IL. 62901. Memorial contributions may be made to the Native American Rites Fund,, and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, April 7, 2018

Stephen Michael Byrd

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Jeana Childers

March 28, 2018

From Another Dead Cover Band, to Silver Tongue Devils, to Fink Ployd, Byrd was a hell of a drummer and a hell of a good person. Carbondale isn’t the same without him. I hope wherever he is, he’s beatin’ the skins with all the greats.

herb Estes

March 16, 2018

Dear Family & Friends of The Byrd,
May every consolation and blessing be granted to each of you in your deep sorrow. My condolences and sincere sympathy, Herb Estes

Carol Stone

March 14, 2018

Kelly and Family, I am so sorry to hear that my "Byrd" has passed on. I have known him for a very long time. He might have mentioned me. I work at the front desk at Southern Illinois Healthcare in C'dale; and it was always a real treat to see him come into my office and smile and show me pictures of Ben. He was so proud of his family!!! I have missed him since he left Southern IL and just wanted to let you know how much he was thought of. God Bless You all!!!