Gerald O’Neal Byrd Sr.

DARLINGTON – Gerald O’Neal Byrd Sr., 77, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. A graveside service was held Friday, Nov. 13, at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Born Sept. 3, 1943, Gerald was the son of the late Braudy E. Byrd Sr. and Virginia O’Neal Byrd. He worked at Sonoco and Byrd’s Trucking Co. He enjoyed racing motorcycles and loved his cats. Gerald was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and attended Temple Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Beth Weaver Byrd of Darlington; grandchildren Carson A. Byrd Neal and Brody “Quinn” Byrd Neal; siblings Brenda Byrd (Abby) Funderburk of Hartsville, Phelix “Tuffy” Byrd of Myrtle Beach and Wanda Byrd (Charles Kenny) Rhodes of Myrtle Beach; family friend Bobby McNeal of Myrtle Beach; special neighbors Freddie and Jean Goss, and Annette and B.J. Dixon. He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald O’Neal Byrd Jr. Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, PO Box 503, Darlington, SC 29540. A guestbook is available online at

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