DURHAM- Mr. Arthur McKinley Byrd, Jr., age 91, passed away on December 5, 2021.
Mr. Byrd was born March 30, 1930 to the late Arthur McKinley Byrd, Sr. and Diana Reeves Byrd. He has lived in Durham since 1952 and retired from the Water and Sewage Department with the City of Durham. Arthur was a Lifetime Member of the Oak Grove Masonic Lodge #750 and Durham Lodge #352. He was also a member of Knap of Reeds Masonic Lodge #158 and was a Shriner, member of the Sudan Temple. Mr. Byrd was an Associate of Hubert E. Tyndall Tri-County Lodge F.O.P. #74. Arthur loved to go dancing with his wife. He enjoyed farming and traveling part time. Arthur loved his family and will be missed by all.
In addition to his parents, Arthur is preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Kathleen Virginia Couch; daughter, Mary Catherine Byrd; brother, Franklin “Pete” Byrd; sisters, Daisey Beatty and Annie “Bunny” Webb; and daughter-in-law, Karen Penny Byrd.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife, Maxine Rogers Byrd; sons, John Robert Byrd, Sr., William A. Byrd, and Stephen A. Byrd; sister, Pansey Johnson; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren that he loved dearly; nephew, David Byrd; as well as 5 other nieces and nephews.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Robbie Byrd, David Byrd, Brad Carter, Lennie Rogers, Jimmy Vurnakes, and David Warren.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Hudson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gerald Goodwin and Dr. David Chambers officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Scotty Hodges.
Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions can be directed to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or online at https://my.simplegive.com/App/Giving/mhco.