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Terry Byrd

February 16, 1937 ~ March 28, 2018 (age 81)

  James  “Terry” Byrd, 81 of Sellersburg, Indiana passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at home with his wife, Betty, and family by his side.

 He was born in New Albany on February 16, 1937 to Robert A. and Frances C. (Fletcher) Byrd.   He graduated from New Albany High School in 1956. He was a member of the 1954 undefeated football team and was selected to play on the Indiana Football All-Stars.

Terry was employed at Standard Gravure Company in Louisville, Kentucky where he worked as a photo engraver for 34 years.  In his free time Terry enjoyed spending his summers coaching little league baseball and volunteering as a grounds keeper at the New Albany Little League ball park.  Many of his former players would ask about him. He was a lifelong supporter of the New Albany Bulldog Basketball program where he and his wife Betty sat mid-court for many years.

Terry enjoyed the outdoors and nature.  He took many trips out west where he would drive back roads until they came to a dead end.  He loved all animals and had several dogs, cats and horses that he spoiled as much as his grandchildren.

He enjoyed working in the yard, planting, landscaping and working in his shed where he would build benches, stools and complete other wood-working projects.  He always had a new idea or project waiting for him.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Dixie Cornwell, Roberta “Bobby” Palmerton and Jeanie McCollum. He was married to his beloved wife and life-long friend Betty (Harmon) Byrd for 58 years.   

Terry is survived by his wife Betty, their four children: Laura L. Van Cleave  ,Greg (deceased), Terry A. and Yokonda (Garcia) Byrd, Timothy A. and Kathryn (O’Brien) Byrd, Sara A. Cruse and Richard “Rick” Cruse; seven grandchildren Kara and Christopher Cruse, Benjamin and Matthew Van Cleave, Kenzie and Karlie Byrd, and Priscilla Byrd; one great-granddaughter Sophia Byrd; and twenty nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Market Street Chapel of Seabrook Dieckmann-Naville. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions: Kindred Hospice and First Baptist Church of Sellersburg.

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