Theodore Robert Byrd, 94, of Ocala, FL transitioned peacefully on February 14, 2021 at Chatham Glen Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Deacon Byrd was born on March 27, 1927 in Westfield, Alabama to Jack Byrd and Maud Huckabee. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. Deacon Byrd served as a member of the Brady Owen’s VFW 7193.
Deacon Byrd moved on to become an Elevator Inspection with the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry in New York. He worked in this role for over 30 years. After retiring, he left Brooklyn, New York and moved to Ocala, Florida. That is where is found his church home at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Deacon Byrd served on the Deacon board for many years. He was a man of immense faith and exemplified this faith in his words and actions.
Deacon Byrd became a resident of the Bridge of Ocala in 2014. He was often referred to as “The Mayor” of the Bridge and this gave him great pride. He was loved by the residents and caregivers. Deacon Byrd would often be found sitting outside on a beautiful day reading his daily newspaper and feeding the squirrels. He was an avid reader, historian, and loved to fish. He will be remembered for his beautiful eyes, his outgoing personality, and the genuine care he showed for his family and friends.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter; Joy, son-in-law: Carlyle, granddaughter; Cameryn of Maryland, step-daughters; Adrienne, Jeanie, and Renee all of Virginia, grandchildren; and number of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, and friends.
Funeral service for Mr. Byrd will held at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 728 NW Sixth Ave, Ocala, FL on Saturday February 20, 2021 at 11am, Reverend Eric Cummings, Pastor. Viewing will be one hour prior to service.
CDC guidelines of social distancing will be strictly enforced. Mask are required and temperatures will be taken at the entrance.