James Ernest Byrd, Jr.,69 of Huntsville, passed awayJanuary 29, 2017, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Born March 1, 1947, he was orerceded in death by his parents, James Ernest Byrd, Sr. and Sylbia Byrd; his wife of 30 years, Marie Byrd; and siblings: Wilba Jean Byrd, Ondria Ruth Byrd, Muriel (Murl) Byrd, Althea Adkins, Patricia Barrett, Marjorie Bond.

He joined the United States Army straight out of high school. He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and enjoyed wood working and fishing. He was a very loving husband, father and brother.

He is survived by his children, Jimmy (Catherine) Schoeb of Ireland; James Byrd, Milford, Ohio; Aubrey (Craig) Hutson and Amanda Bertram, both of Huntsville; grandchildren, Paige Hutson, Caleb Cooper, Gini Byrd, JD Byrd, Jamie Schoeb, Hanna Byrd, Katie Henson, Bayleigh Thompson, Aiden Morgan and Kristin Henson;  sisters, Bernice Hutson of Jonesboro, Ark., Carolyn Chambers of Oneida, Venna West of Knoxville; brothers: Marvin (Joyce) Byrd of Chatsworth, Ga., and Ledford (Ada) Byrd of Huntsville; Carolyn Issacs, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 2, from 6 p.m. until time of funeral service at 8 p.m. in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with Bro. Ledford Byrd and Bro. Carlie Duncan officiating. Music will be provided by the Lloyd Family. Graveside service will be conducted on Friday, Feb. 3, 12 noon at the Byrd-Rector Cemetery.

Arrangements by West-Murley Funeral Home.