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Lloyd Byrd Sr.

SEDLEY — Mr. Lloyd “Monk” Byrd Sr. answered the call from his heavenly Father above to come home and take his rest on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, while peacefully resting in his home in Sedley.

Lloyd Byrd Sr.

He was a native of Southampton County born on Feb. 24, 1924, to the late Lillie Vick and Robert D. Holloman.

Lloyd was 16 years old when his mother passed away, and his aunt and uncle, Gertrude and Eddie Ricks reared him as one of their own children. He began to work on the farm with his uncle Eddie until he could find a better job. Eventually, he moved to Portsmouth, Virginia, where he became a chef at a local restaurant. He returned to Southampton County, where he married Gracie Banks at the age of 17.

Lloyd was employed with Union Camp Corporation in Franklin and retired as a logger.

Monk” was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Inez Freeman.

He leaves to cherish his memory five loving daughters, Gracie Sandford (Alfred), Lucy Jones, Deana Myrick (Bruce), Mary Hawkins (Lenious) and Laura Warren; and two sons, Lloyd Byrd Jr. (Deloris) and Charlie Byrd (Sabrina); two brothers, Roger Holloman and Johnnie Holloman; two sisters, Ernell Boone and Audrey Grant, (James); 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A public viewing was held in the funeral home on Monday, Dec.7, from 1 to 7 p.m.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., in Beulah Land Church Cemetery, 34122 Clayton Road, Zuni, Virginia, with the Rev. Joseph Whitney Jr. officiating.

A service with dignity was conducted by Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc., 224 S. Main St. Please share your condolences with the family at wmjohnsonandsons.com.

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