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Ethel Estelle Byrd

Ethel Estelle Byrd, age 81, 103 Conductor Lane, Erwin passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 at her residence. Mrs. Byrd lived most of her life in Erw in. She was a daughter of the late Dewey and Minnie Derafield Robinette. Mrs. Byrd was employed by Easy Painter where she worked as a packer for twenty-five years. She attended Unicoi Church of God. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Lee Byrd on August 17, 1994; one son, Russell Byrd; two brothers: Ernest Robinette and Leonard Robinette; one sister, Irene Tolley.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, four sons: Terry Byrd and wife, Jeannie, Johnson City; Ron Byrd and wife, Sandra, NC; Dennis Byrd and wife, Pam, Erwin; Richard Byrd and wife, Terry, Church Hill; two daughters: Gail Holloway and husband, Reverend Travis Holloway, Erwin; Darlene Tate and husband, Kenny, Erwin; a daughter-in-law, Vivian Byrd, Erwin; one brother, Dewey Robinette, Jr. and wife, Sherlene, Unicoi; two sisters: Mildred Morton, Unicoi; Emma Jean Wallin and husband, Edison, Unicoi; eighteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and two great grandchildren to be born soon. Several nieces, nephews and her pet, “Pepper” also survive.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until the hour of funeral service at the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Travis Holloway and Reverend Eddie Blazer will officiate at the 8:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Carolyn Harris. Active pallbearers will be Jon Byrd, Josh Byrd, Aaron Holloway, Kenny New, Paul Green, Trey Harris, William Byrd and John Holloway. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Byrd, Ashley Byrd and Preston Byrd. Committal service will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the Roselawn Memory Gardens, Johnson City. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home by 10:30 A.M. to go in procession to the cemetery.

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Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi is privileged to serve the Byrd family. (423) 743-1380.