Harold Ray Byrd, age 60, of Heber Springs, Arkansas stepped into the heavenly realm to with his Father God and Lord Jesus Christ at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2013. He entered this life Monday, February 23, 1953 in Hollandale, Mississippi to his late parents, Dan Edward Byrd, Sr. of Yazoo City, Mississippi and Effie Olean Byrd-Easterling of Heber Springs, Arkansas. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard Malcolm Clayton, John Wesley Clayton, and Edward Byrd, Jr. all of Texas, and two sisters, Jean Lewis of Tennessee and Joan Lee of Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Those that will miss him very much are his wife of forty-two year, Judy Byrd; two daughters: April Eaton and her husband, Shawn, of Heber Springs and Jaclyne Nicole Williams of North Little Rock; one son, Jarod Richardson of Missouri; five grandchildren: Taylor, Lindsey, & Nathanael Eaton and Raylynn & Jayden Williams; and seven sisters: Helen Rasch of Tennessee, Diana Shane of Texas, Doris Williams of Mississippi, Wana Weber of Mississippi, Patricia Berry of Texas, Teresa Ratliff of Texas, and Faye Nelson of Mississippi. Also, holding special places in his heart were other family members, friends, and Church family.
Ray grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi and Beaumont, Texas. He married Judy Gray in 1971 and began his life as husband, father, and provider of his home. Ray's career choices led him into fire fighting in Mississippi, housing construction in Texas, and metal building erecting in Arkansas. In 1988, Ray relocated his family to Heber Springs, where he spent his days enjoying his grandchildren, fishing, running his coonhounds, and enjoying the creation of God's country, Arkansas.
Ray Byrd will be missed by all.
A memorial service celebrating Ray's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at South Side Baptist Church, 164 Hwy. 25-S in Heber Springs. Services will be officiated by Denver Gillespie and Elwin Ollar. www.heberspringsfuneralhome.com
Help us not to resent the storms or be fearful of their effect. Much like we prepare for a ravaging storm by anchoring valuables to a firm foundation, help us to anchor our hearts in the firm foundation of Your word that you will help us to withstand the testing and trials of life that are certain to come our way. Even as a ship is proven to be seaworthy over its lifetime, may our faith be proven trustworthy as we hold onto You, the Anchor of our souls. In Jesus name, Amen.