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Russell D. Byrd

Russell D. Byrd, age 59, of Erwin, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Unicoi County, and the son of Ethel Byrd, and the late Oliver Byrd. Russell was a long time employee of Verizon Wireless. He attended First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Erwin.

In addition to his mother he has left behind to cherish his memories:
Wife of 41 years: Vivian Byrd of Erwin
Son: Ashley Byrd and wife, Laura of Telford
Brothers: Terry Byrd and wife, Jeanie of Johnson City
Ron Byrd and wife, Sandra of Holly Ridge, NC
Dennis Byrd and wife, Pam of Erwin
Richard Byrd of Church Hill
Sisters: Gail Holloway and husband, Travis of Erwin
Darlene Tate and Kenny of Erwin
Mother-in-law: Mabel Higgins of Erwin
Sister-in-law: Tina Barnett and husband, Earl of Jonesborough
Brother-in-law: Keith Higgins of Erwin
Several Nieces and Nephews
Beloved Pet: Molly

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Russell D. Byrd in a funeral service to be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. Reverend Travis Holloway and Pastor Cass Horton will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and offer support will begin at 5:00 PM and continue until service time on Tuesday at Valley Funeral Home and other times at the home, 110 Toney Ave., Erwin, TN 37650. A graveside committal service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Evergreen Cemetery. Those who will attend are asked to meet at Valley Funeral Home by 9:30 AM on Wednesday to go in procession to Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Byrd, William Byrd, Johnathan Byrd, Josh Byrd, Paul Green, Nathan Farnor, John Holloway, Kenny New. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Aaron Holloway.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Russell D. Byrd through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.