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November 14, 1932 –  March 10, 2015 Mr. Jerrell “Jerry” Lewis Byrd, 82, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jerry was born November 14, 1932 in Greenville, Texas to parents Randy and Elno (Backus) Byrd. He married Gennevia Bean and they were married for 18 years before her passing in 2012.
Mr. Byrd grew up in Texas and then entered the Army, where he served his country for eight years. He spent a year in Korea and was discharged in 1960 at Ft. Sill in Lawton, OK. He worked for General Motors in Baltimore, Maryland for four years. He was an evangelist for several years before moving to Louisiana in 1969 where he helped to establish a new church, The Christian Tabernacle in Anacoco, Louisiana. He pastored the church there and served as the Director of the Christian School until his retirement in 1989.

Jerry loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed piloting his plane. He left his family with wonderful memories of a great fishing trip he recently took with them. He was loved and will be missed.

Jerry is survived by his four sons, Randy S. Byrd of Columbus, GA, Jerry Byrd & wife Diana of Columbus, GA, Timothy Byrd and wife Terri of Baton Rouge, La, and Phillip Byrd and husband Robby of Chicago, IL.; his daughter, Shelia Caldwell and husband Gordon of Old Hickory, TN.; sister, Pauline Byrd Waldrum of Howe, TX; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Jerry are set for 11 A.M., Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Mullican-Little Funeral Chapel in Bells, TX. with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bells. Those serving as Pallbearers are Gordon Caldwell, son-in-law; Timothy Byrd, son; Phillip Byrd, son; Jerry Byrd, son; Mike Waldrum, nephew; and James Waldrum, nephew.

The family will receive friends at the chapel from 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 14 and again from 10:00 A.M –11:00 A.M. on Sunday before the service at 11.

The funeral service can be viewed and the guestbook may be signed at www.mullicanlittle.com

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