Roger Gerald Byrd

Thursday, June 1, 1950 - Friday, December 28, 2018

A Caring and Generous Man

Photo of Roger Gerald Byrd  - 1950-2018

Clyde – Roger Gerald Byrd, 68, passed away December 28, 2018 at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

Roger was born June 1, 1950 in Orlando, Florida to the late Vance Byrd and the late Gracie Cochran Byrd. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph W. Treadway; and by his nephew, Matthew Kemp.

Throughout his life, Roger was a loving person. He loved his parents, and built houses with his father, he loved his pet birds and cats, and he loved people. He was a caring and generous man who would take it upon himself to help people. Roger worked as a traveling Registered Nurse for many hospitals throughout Florida, Wyoming, Montana, and North Carolina, and later worked in home health care. Roger played semi-pro football and liked to drag race his Chevelle hotrod. He also enjoyed golf, NFL, NASCAR, and had a dream of one day traveling with his wife in their motorhome. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Olga Ilavierna Byrd; children, Angela Byrd Treadway of Canton, Brian Byrd and his wife, Charlene, of Hendersonville, and step-daughter, Masha Bachuk of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Tyler, Alec, and Riley; siblings, Cindy Collins and her husband, Gary, of Tennessee, Robyn Byrd of Crossville, Tennessee, Vernon Byrd and his wife, Patty, of Granger, Indiana, and Meloney Moore and her husband, Pat, of Clyde; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Waynesville Seventh-day Adventist Church at 119 Hampshire Drive, Waynesville, NC. Pastor Tim Sheridan will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Roger's name to Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1 North Main Street, Canton, NC 28716 to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Byrd family.

Condolences from family and friends

Angie and Brian I am so sorry about Roger's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys and all of his family members. God bless you guys. I love you guys, Debra
Debra E Messer
Angie, Brian , Meloney , Robin , Vernon I’m so sorry for your loss , prayers for you and your families , love you
Tracy Dadak
So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Though we seldom crossed paths as adults, he was one of only a couple of older cousins I had as a child, sort of like a big brother to me. Though vague, I can remember Roger and Cindy and Lassie as the ones I always wanted to see. So glad I had one last chance to talk with him a couple of years ago, and warm thoughts and condolences to all those who loved him.
Diane Cochran Johnson
Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. Roger was an older cousin, and though I knew who he was, seldom ever saw him, and I regret I never knew him well. I knew him only thru the stories of my mother and others. I barely remember a few family gatherings as a child when Roger was there and I just remember him being a really nice person. May God be with all those who mourn the loss of someone so special.
Wendy Cochran Mayer