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Romey Maurice Byrd

April 10, 1939 January 9, 2019
Romey Maurice Byrd
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Romey Maurice Byrd was born to the late Clinton Byrd and Mamie Jones Byrd in Salem Community, Arkansas on April 10, 1939. He passed away with his loving wife by his side on January 9, 2018, at his home, known as "The Cabin" in Fifty-Six, Arkansas.
Romey was one of the last students to graduate from Moro High School. Once he finished school, he started the last career he would ever know: farming. Romey did not miss much time at his farm but was known to get away to enjoy his favorite pastime, hunting. Whereas he wouldn't refuse to go fishing, Romey was a hunter first. He also loved to drive his tractor and four-wheelers, especially when he had a grand or great-grandchild to take with him. Romey would check rice fields on a dirt bike before the days four-wheelers. In one memorable incident, he was watching rice more than the road and ended up wrecking the bike into the side of a ditch system that was stocked with an alligator to keep the beaver’s population low. He had to pick-up the Honda 250 and get it cranked again to ride home, all with a dislocated shoulder. To sum it up, if it had a motor, he liked to drive it. Romey was also a fan of football, notably the Cowboys and he really enjoyed watching the Yankees play baseball. While he was a true American man who loved the outdoors and sports, Romey was genuinely a home-body. It was in the hills of northern Arkansas where Romey found his home, Fifty-Six. In 1995, Vira and Romey bought and sold and bought more land to start the dream of building "The Cabin". Over the ensuing years, Romey spent more and more time at "The Cabin” in Fifty-Six and it was in the early 2000's when one day he and his wife of 44 years, Vira Graham Byrd, met in the hall of their Palestine home with him carrying a small box in both hands. Romey exclaimed "I'm moving to the hills" and bounded out the door without another word. A week or more went by before he returned to ask Vira, "Aren't you coming with me?"
Romey was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert "Robbie" Hamilton; brother, Kenneth Byrd; and sister Clara Sue Jumper. Romey is survived by his wife, Vira; four daughters, Pamela (Russ) Jackson, Maurica (Bill) Dooley, Sharye (Phillip) Burrow, and Annette Hamilton; six grandchildren, Beth (Andy) Hale, Megan (Billy) Tompkins, Josh (Kathryn) Dooley, Alex Dooley, Caleb Jackson, and Jordan Jackson; and five great-grandchildren, Myra and Alba Hale, Noah Tompkins, Beau and Cash Dooley. Also remaining to cherish his memory are, two brothers, Derward (Virginia) Byrd, and A.D. (Bonnie) Byrd; along with two sisters, Letha Wheeler, and Ernestine Wright; along with a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Salem Methodist Church on Saturday, January 12th, at 10 a.m. with burial following at Salem Methodist Church Cemetery. Romey's visitation will be at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel, Brinkley on Friday, January 11th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

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