Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Strangers Home M.B. Church in Shaw with Rev. Herron Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in in Strangers Home Cemetery in Shaw, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home in Indianola.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church.
Survivors include his Madea, Mrs. Missouri Bell Richardson Byrd of Shaw; two sisters, Jacqueline Aquirlla Byrd (Devell) Blanton and Vernette Valaria Byrd (Eric) Weary of Houston, Texas; an uncle, Thomas (Mary) Byrd of Shaw; four aunts, Olie Mae Crayton of Chicago, Ill., Christine Richardson and Eunice Richardson, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and Hattie Byrd of Shaw; four special cousins, Evelyn Byrd of Shaw, Nedra Crayton Michael Smith and David Smith, all of Chicago, Ill.; four nephews, Ahmad Rashad Blanton, Jabari Kamal Blanton, Devell Jelani Blanton and Eric Javan Weary, all of Houstin, Texas; a great-nephew, Jelani Deshawn; and three great-nieces, Zoie and Zada of Houston, Texas, and Mykala of Portland, Ore.; and a host of cousins, family and friends.