Willie Eugene Byrd

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Willie Eugene Byrd

STANTON - Willie Eugene Byrd, known to many as “Byrdman”, died Feb. 24, 2020. He was 87 years old.

He was born June 29, 1932, in McComb, Mississippi to Rowan and Clara Byrd. He grew up helping his dad tend the farm and learned the value of a hard day’s work early in life. After graduating high school he joined the Air Force and served for four years as an aircraft mechanic specializing in an emerging technology at the time - jet engines. After the Air Force he joined Texas Electric Service Company and served 40 years with the company before retiring in 1992.

He loved the Lord and this was reflected in his heart of service. He spent much of his spare time serving his church family and his community. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Stanton, where he served for many years. He was an active member of the Martin County Volunteer Fire Department, the Stanton Lions Club, the local chapter of the American Legion, the Stanton High School Athletic Booster Club, and served as an EMT on the ambulance crew for over 30 years. Eugene received multiple awards and recognition for his service throughout the years and was named Martin County Man of the Year. After retirement he served on the Board of the Martin County Museum and assisted with the Trade Days setup as his health allowed.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda McDurmon Byrd; son, Ernest Byrd and wife, Lydia of Bryan; son, Lee Byrd and wife, Annette of New Braunfels; daughter Diane Tripp and hus-band, Rodney of Oscoda, MI; sister, Ruby Brewer of Hattiesburg, MS; grandchildren Andrew Cruz, Anthony Arista (Malerie), Joshua Byrd, Leslie Byrd Barnett (CJ), Jason Byrd (Gee), and Adrian Byrd (Tarin); multiple great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lajuana Newton Byrd; five sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held Feb. 29, at 10 am at First Baptist Church in Stanton. Entombment will follow at 1 pm at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland.

The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm, Feb. 28, at Gilbreath Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to First Baptist Church, 200 Broadway St, Stanton, TX 79782 or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home.

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