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John William "Bill" Byrd
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1921
Mercer County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 2010
Sandy Springs
Fulton County
Georgia, USA


SANDY SPRINGS, GA - John William "Bill" Byrd, a long time resident of Sandy Springs, died peacefully in his sleep at home April 26th at age 88.

Bill was born on April 30th 1921 in Burgin, Kentucky, the son of Ada Byrd and Park Hurst Byrd and grandson of Dr. and Mrs. W. D. Sparrow.

He attended Duke University and earned varsity letters in track and football, playing in the 1942 Rose Bowl in Durham.

After receiving his commission in the US Navy (LTJG) from Duke's ROTC program, he married Janet Millicent Topham in Wytheville, Virginia on August 26th, 1944.

During WWII, he served in the US and in the Pacific commanding minesweeper YMS 199 before returning to Duke, receiving his Masters Degree in Forestry in 1948.

After two years with the Alabama Department of Forestry, he worked as a salesman in the paper industry for Gulf States for 29 years and Smurfit-Stone for 13 years.

Bill raised his family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia before retiring in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janet, his three daughters, Susan Martindale, Carol Ryan, and Elizabeth Webster, and four grandchildren.

Interment was in Wytheville, Virginia, at a later date.

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Saint Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery (Sauers)
Wythe County
Virginia, USA
Created by: KATHY
Record added: Mar 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66827792
John William Bill Byrd
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John William Bill Byrd
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Thank you for your service to our country, Lieutenant Byrd! May you rest in eternal Heavenly peace! You have certainly earned it!
 Added: Mar. 12, 2011

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