Joan Byrd Kennedy Sexton, 63, of Winfield, passed away April 15, 2013, at  home surrounded by her family.

Born in Scott County, July 12, 1949,  she was preceded in death by her parents, Lacy Otto and Lanie Boshears Byrd; brothers: Edward Lee, Bradford, and J.C. Byrd; and son-in-law, Donnie Ellis.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James R. Sexton of Winfield; daughter, Rebecca Kennedy Ellis of Oneida; son, Kendell Lee Kennedy of Huntsville; step-son, Rocky Sexton and wife, Tonya, of Winfield; grandchildren: D.J. Ellis, Amanda Ellis, Justici Sexton, Bristol Sexton, and Tavern Sexton; special cousin, Carolyn Jeffers Smith; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted April 17, in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Cecil officiating. Graveside service was conducted April 18, at Fairview Cemetery.

West-Murley Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.