Byrd, Clarence Paul -
Manchester - Funeral services for Reverend Clarence Paul Byrd, age 79 of Manchester and formerly of Maryville, will be conducted on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Alcoa, TN with Dr. Steve Hodges and Reverend Greg Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN with Reverend Jake Dorak officiating. Reverend Byrd passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Clarence was born on April 21, 1940 in Pioneer, TN to the late Henry and Minnie Lou Byrd. He was a United States Air Force Veteran. He was the Founder and Pastor of Graceway Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, MI for 13 years and the Pastor of Zion Chapel Baptist Church in Louisville, TN for 20 years. Clarence held a bachelor’s degree from Faith Evangelistic Theological Seminary. He strived to have a heart like Christ. He was a licensed funeral director in the state of Tennessee and was the former owner of Byrd’s Mortuary in Maynardville, TN. Mr. Byrd was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His family was his ultimate accomplishment and he loved nothing more than to show them off. Clarence had a heart of gold and was always known for his willingness to give anything he had to anyone in need.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Hollis Byrd. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Linda Jane Byrd; daughter, Sherree’ Bowen and husband John “JB”; grandson, Bryan McAdams and wife Kaitlyn; granddaughter, Kayla Rose and husband Michael; granddaughters, Brylyn and Madison McAdams; brother, Glenn Byrd and wife Barb; sisters, Henrietta Sharp, Sandra Varner; sister-in-law, Mary Byrd; several nieces, nephews, many special friends and family.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mom Byrd and Sis Sherree'.
You will be Greatly missed Pastor.
May williams says:
My deepest condolences too Linda,Shree to the Byrd Family. I loved Clarence and Linda and Shree my he was our Pastor at Graceway Baptist Church in ypsi,mi. And we spend time with thedm and all of the other Byrds too. He will be deeply missed by all of us. Especially Linda and Shree and grandkids too. My love too Linda and Shree. And all the Byrd Family. Lots of love may
John Troutman says:
It would be difficult to measure the impact that Clarence, and the entire Byrd family have made on my life. In a time where I had drifted from the faith, in which I had been raised, Clarence and the gang invested their love and lives into a 22 year old kid. You all took me in as one of your own and made me feel like family. I became a member of the Graceways, and for 10 years, I saw God change so many lives.
My call to full time ministry likely would have never happened, had I not walked through the doors of Graceway Baptist Church, on a September Sunday morning in 1979.
Thank you, Clarence. I will see you when my work is done. Linda, Sherri, & all the rest of the gang, I love you all! Thank you for what you mean to me.
All my love,
John & Cheryl Troutman
Chris Whitehead says:
Earth has no sorrow that Haven cannot heal.May peace and love surround you at this time.
Clarence will be missed by many. He was a great man of God. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Farris and Chris Whitehead.
Ed Lail says:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sorrowful time.
Ed Lail and Ridgefield Estates
Shirley Ferguson says:
Lori Everett says:
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Jim, Lori and Conner Everett.
Lisa Chapman says:
I had no idea he passed
I am heartbroken, he was such a great man and he marred Greg and I
Such a beautiful heart!
Fly high Clarence, we love you!!
Evangelist Wade Eadie says:
As a 21 Year old who had just been Saved...I stopped at a Standard Gas Station in Ypsilanti, Michigan & met a Man by the name of Clarence Byrd who said he was the Pastor of a startup church called Graceway Baptist & invited me to come. I had no idea of knowing how much God would use this Man in both my Family & I's life for good & God, nor did I know the great depths of Love and endearment I would grow to hold for him. Immeasurable would be the best definition of the impact & investment that Preacher Byrd had on my Christian life as my Pastor, Teacher, Mentor, & Friend! I was honored to learn about God, the Bible, Christian living, Soulwinning & surrender from this dear Man of God. I was thrilled to surrender to Preach under his Ministry in 1977 & be licensed & Ordained under his Ministry, & Preach for him on several occasions. After 41 Years in the Ministry with the last 22 being in Evangelism...not a day passes that I do not recall something he taught me. I have enjoyed rekindling our relationship over the past few years and the many talks-times of Prayer-visits-we shared. I Pray for Momma Linda, Shree, & the entire Byrd Family for daily & future sustaining Grace from the Heart & Hand of God & I look forward to seeing my Friend & Pastor again in the land that is fairer than Day! Thank You Preacher Byrd for loving a kid like me who was rough around the edges and not easy to love & helping him believe God had a Plan for his life....I am Thankful He had one for You also & it touched so many lives including mine. I Love You Daddy Byrd, see you again. Your Graceway Preacher Boy- Evangelist Wade Eadie / Galatians 6:14
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