Charles J. Byrd, age 79 of Orange, Texas, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 in Beaumont, Texas. Services to honor his life will be held 10:00 AM at North Orange United Pentecostal Church on Friday, September 17, 2021 with Brother Lee Everhart officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Family and friends will gather for a visitation from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
Charles was born on August 11, 1942 in Shreveport, Louisiana to parents, Flora Brewer Byrd and John M. Byrd, Sr. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany during his 3-year tour. Charles started his welding career in 1967 and retired after 27 years of being a pipefitter/pipe welder. He was a member of the Local Union 106 out of Lake Charles, LA. Charles was a devoted member of Old Laurel Baptist Church in Devils Pocket. He and his wife, Betty, loved to go fishing at Sam Rayburn and Sabine Lake. Charles also enjoyed hunting and watching old westerns, and especially Godzilla. He was also an avid fan of NASCAR and loved rooting for his favorite drivers, #18-The “Candy Man” Kyle Busch and #2-Rusty Wallace, the original driver of the Miller Lite Ford. Charles will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Flora Byrd, Sr. and his brother John M. Byrd, Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 54 years, Betty A. Byrd of Orange, two sons, Richard Byrd and his wife Carol of Vidor, and Alan Byrd and his wife Tammy of Mauriceville, brother David M. Byrd and his wife Lou of Orange, sister Mary “Moo” Sneed and her husband Buddy of Orange, six grandchildren; Mallory Gray, Tayler Byrd, Alexes Byrd, Ethan Byrd, Andrew Byrd and Samantha Byrd, one great grandchild Bentley Aull and another on the way, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
Pallbearers to honor Charles will be Thomas Weeks, Leslie Holland, James Long, David Ortolon, Jimmy Ortolon and Johnny Dawson.
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