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Arthres "Jr" Byrd

May 31, 1932 ~ August 2, 2018 (age 86)

If I can help somebody
As I travel along
If I can help somebody
With a word or song
If I can help somebody
From doing wrong
My living shall not be in vain.

 

Jr. was born May 31, 1931 in Caryville, Florida to Tom and Inez Williams-Byrd whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Aretha Byrd.

Jr. was a member of New Easter Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the Usher Board and the Brotherhood First Sunday Breakfast ministry. He attended the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in Saint Augustine, Florida where he was a classmate of recording artist, Ray Charles.

Jr. was a humble man, he meet or greeted no stranger. He can be seen riding his bike with his safety jacket on, running his route in Graceville visiting various businesses. For example, at the Quickway and other business, he was known for going in making sure the store was neat and in order. When he found it wasn’t, he would precede to sweep the floors, sidewalk and anything he saw needed doing. If you shopped at the Leuenberger's IGA now Piggly Wiggly, he probably have bagged or helped you carry your grocery to your car. He could be found at noon on Wednesdays, at the Bank of Jackson County eating lunch with the staff. They loved and enjoyed his visits. His other businesses he stopped in daily to make sure everything was running right was Cooks’ Pharmacy, Graceville News, Graceville Physical Therapy, First Florida Federal Bank, Dr. Terry Nichols, People Bank of Graceville and Graceville City Hall, just to name a few. He did his job well wherever it was.

Jr. was a grateful person, when he was hit by a car and his bike destroyed, the Bank of Jackson County purchased him a new improved three-wheeler. It was adorned with a basket so he could carry his groceries, newspapers and other items. It also was equipped with a safety flag to go along with his yellow safety vest. Jr. was seen proudly showing of his new ride, which he rode daily until he was 85 years old.

Jr. was a kind, gracious, generous man with a great sense of humor and a big laugh. He made a huge impact on everyone he met, throughout the Graceville business community."

He leaves to cherish his memory: his cousins: Sammie and Mable Patterson of Graceville, Florida, Christine Patterson of Crestview, Florida; a niece: Patricia Ann Powell, Leesburg, Florida; the Anderson family; his extended families: Leuenberger's IGA, Quickway staff, Bank of Jackson County, Peoples Bank of Graceville, Cook’s Pharmacy, Graceville News, Graceville Physical Therapy, Dr. Terry Nichols, Graceville City Hall, First Florida Federal Bank, Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts and Staff, New Easter Missionary Baptist Church Family and the staff and management of Christian Memorial Chapel; along with hundreds of sorrowing friends.

I’m now riding the streets of gold, enjoying Jesus…..

 

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