Richard Carson Byrd (Dick) passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the age of 87. He was born on May 8, 1933 in West Grove to the late Jeter Carson Byrd and Alberta Byrd (Street).
In his youth, he worked on the family farm. In school, he was in FFA (Future Farmers of America). Upon graduating Avon Grove High School in 1951, he married Shirley Marie Paisley. They had four children, Deb (McMahon), John Byrd, Sharon (Ham) and Richard Jr. (Rick).
Dick was a hardworking man. Along with being a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company, he ran his farm for a few years, was a mushroom grower, and had a gas station for a short time. He eventually got into the auto body business, working for William Smith and then Robert Abernethy in Avondale. He was an automobile painter at Abernethy’s Body Shop until 1978, when he went in business for himself, opening Byrd’s Body Shop. He worked at his shop until his retirement in 1995, then helping his son Rick part time. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling to Florida, watching NASCAR, boating and snowmobiling.
Richard is pre-deceased by his sisters, Betty Tice and Barbara Underwood. He is survived by his wife Shirley, his children and many grand and great grandchildren.
His final wishes were that no services be held for him.
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