Leamon Byrd was born September 29, 1941 in Aline, Georgia to the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Minnie Newkirk Byrd. Leamon attended and graduated from the public schools of Evans County.
After graduation Leamon moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and later enlisted in the United States Army. After being deployed around the world serving in the military he returned to New Jersey and was employed by SB Penick Pharmaceutical Company as a machinist/maintenance mechanic for twenty-seven years. He also continued to serve the country as a member of the Army Reserves. Leamon joined Central Baptist Church and was a faithful member of the choir.
In March 1970, while traveling back to GA to visit his family, Leamon was inspired to be married. Upon arrival in Georgia, he went straight to speak with Mr. Fred Denson to ask for his daughter Dorothy's hand in marriage. The Denson and Byrd families knew each other well and the matriarchs of each were good friends. Being known as a stand up guy he was granted permission. Dorothy was not led to say yes the first time he asked but he did not give up. Leamon asked again a week later. This time he heard the answer he desired and they were married in September of that year. Leamon and Dorothy (whom he affectionately called Honey) were married for fifty years. To this union one child was born.
In November 1988, the family relocated to Lexington, South Carolina. A short while later Leamon became a faithful member of Calvary Holiness Church of God. After being baptized with the Holy Ghost and showing himself as a dedicated and hardworking member he was ordained as a Deacon and later elevated to Chairman of the Deacon Board. As a result of his adherence to time and order as well as his willingness to speak up he was referred to as the Church Police. He sang on the Sanctuary, Mass, and Mens choirs. Deacon Byrd was the president of the Sanctuary choir. He was often asked if he was a quartet singer because of his signature bounce, walk, and wave as he sang praises unto the Lord. To truly know Deacon Byrd was to know that he was funny, devoted, and generous. If there was anything that he could do for you, consider it done. He had his own way in which he helped you and it was not put on display for others to know. You could definitely count on him uttering a prayer on your behalf.
Deacon Byrd was employed again as a machinist & maintenance mechanic at Springs Industry. He then made a career change and became an insurance agent. He was fully committed to this just as he was everything else of which he was a part. He won several awards including Agent of the Year. He loved helping people and making sure other families were protected. He continued in this field until he became ill.
After a brief illness, Deacon Byrd entered into eternal rest on April 26, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, five brothers, four sisters-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.
Deacon Byrd leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife, Dorothy Byrd; two sons, Lenny Reid of Jersey City, NJ and Talinnian (Evelyn) Byrd of Lexington, SC; one grandson, Talinnian L. Byrd, II; two sisters, Melrose Lee of Elizabeth, NJ and Louanna Williams of Claxton, GA; seven sisters-in-law, Fannie Byrd of Philadelphia, PA, Muriel Mills, Carolyn Denson, Priscilla Anderson, Erma Jean (Tommy) Burney, Deborah (James) Harris, and Valencia Williams all of Claxton, GA; two brothers-in-law, Frederick Denson of Savannah, GA and Darell Denson of Claxton, GA; one goddaughter, Tamara (Kevin) Evans of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
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