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George "Bubba" Harvey Byrd

February 26, 1950 ~ April 14, 2020 (age 70)


George “Bubba” Harvey Byrd passed away at his home surrounded by loving family and being cherished by those who could not be with him on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.  Born in Gulfport, Mississippi on February 26, 1950, he was the son of George Hillman Byrd and Latta Joy Day. 

Bubba was full of life and loved the outdoors.  One of his favorite past times was fishing, while the love of his life, Melva, drove the boat and operated the trolling motor.  Bubba was a wonderful family man and very much enjoyed spending time with Melva and their children making many memories through the years.

Bubba worked at International Paper, formerly Owens Illinois for 44 years, making many life-long friends while there.   He retired in February 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his cherished mother in law, Vernie Cornes . She was a light in his life and he never passed up a chance to help or take care of her.

Bubba was survived by his wife, Melva Rae Byrd, his daughter, Kim Byrd Jackson and his three sons, Ronnie LaChance, Jerry LaChance, wife Cindi and Gary LaChance and wife Julie.  Also left to enjoy the wonderful memories are his grandchildren, Leah Debertolis, Chelsea LaChance, Kealey Breanne Jackson, Skylor Glenn Jackson, Gerald Paul LaChance, Jr., Jessi Manual, Jodi Jones, Lindsey Trahan and Logan LaChance, his brother, Michael Wayne Nordstrom and wife Linda.   He was also survived by great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members, along with many friends.

Bubba was survived by his Uncle Harvey “Big Bubba” Day and wife Murrel, who played a very important part in his early life.

To know Bubba was to know life.   He never met a stranger and he knew how to make everyone around him laugh.

A private graveside service will be held for immediate family. Dorman Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. 

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