August 14, 1965 – January 28, 2021
North Myrtle Seaside, South Carolina – After a 40-day battle with Covid-19 pneumonia, Johnathan Wayne Byrd, age 55, obtained his full therapeutic when he joyfully met his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
John grew up in Garner, North Carolina, and attended Barton School, the place he met the love of his life Kendra Jane Langston. The time period ‘soulmates’ does not start to explain their distinctive relationship; they have been finest pals, confidants, and sweethearts. They married on July 31,1994, after Kendra earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and John started pursuing the primary of two grasp’s levels at East Carolina College. He additionally studied at Campbell College’s Faculty of Divinity.
For the subsequent 20 years, John taught artwork, graphic design, and world religions on the school stage. Throughout that point, the couple had 4 lovely kids, and John fostered their love and appreciation of artwork as nicely. Whereas his ardour was summary artwork, he spent a lot of 2020 learning beneath acclaimed airbrush artist Dru Blair of the Blair Faculty of Artwork in South Carolina. John was very humble about his unimaginable God-given abilities, and he shared his information generously and freely with the scholars at his kids’s homeschool program as a volunteer professor.
For 10 years, John additionally served as a much-beloved pastor for church buildings in Johnston and Cumberland Counties. He was a insurgent with a trigger, and that trigger was to evangelise the gospel of Jesus Christ. John did so with an authenticity and a conviction that moved folks to religion and inspired them to like God with all their hearts and to like others as themselves.
Those that knew John will keep in mind him as a automobile fanatic, a artistic tattoo designer, and a brother trustworthy to his school fraternity Pi Kappa Phi. He was a person who put his household and their well-being earlier than his personal, and his legacy will reside on via the lives of these he touched.
John is survived by his spouse of 27 years Kendra Langston Byrd; daughters Lilly Carson Byrd, Ruby Sullivan Byrd, and Janie Rose Byrd and son John Oliver Byrd, all of North Myrtle Seaside, SC; dad and mom Jackie and Shearon Byrd of Garner, NC; sister Debra Byrd Adams and brother-in-law Bob Adams of Fuquay-Varina, NC; mother-in-law Donette Langston of North Myrtle Seaside, SC; sister-in-law Kiecha Berzins and brother-in-law Greg Berzins of Willow Spring, NC, nephews Robert and Samuel Adams; nieces Sophia and Sydney Berzins, paternal aunt Shirley Favre and uncle Charlie Favre; the Hook Home Boys; and his lifelong finest good friend John Cannon. John is preceded in loss of life by his father-in-law John Carson Langston and his beloved uncle John D. Byrd.
John’s household is extraordinarily grateful to the medical workers at Grand Strand Medical Heart in Myrtle Seaside, South Carolina for his or her superior care throughout his 40-day sickness; they, like others internationally, have served selflessly throughout this pandemic, and we thank them.
A celebration of John’s life will happen at a later date when his family members can safely collect to recollect his lasting influence and to share tales of their occasions collectively.
McMillan-Small Funeral House of Myrtle Seaside is aiding the household.
Printed in The Information & Observer on Jan. 31, 2021.