Kenneth Edsol Byrd, 89, of Blackshear, passed away late Thursday night, September 13, 2018, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross.

Born in Lake City, FL January 11, 1929, he had lived in Sanford, FL for many years before moving to Pierce County in 2004.  He was a retired lineman for Southeast Power and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish, hunt, and ride four wheelers. He was a member of Mershon Methodist Church.

He was the son of the late Graden Darvin and Maggie Carter Byrd. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ina Ruth Thomas Byrd and by a grandson, Clinton Byrd.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Riales Byrd, Blackshear; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerry Edsol and Lisa Byrd, Mims, FL and Danny Ray Byrd, Mershon; a step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Robert Terry and Cammie Scallorn, Mershon; six grandchildren, Jerry Shain Byrd, Adam Kenneth Byrd, Crystal Daniel Pointer, Christopher Darvin Byrd, Samantha Critcher and David Bryant Scallorn; a great-grandson, Cameron Byrd; several other great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mershon Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, from the Mershon Methodist Church.

Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Sanford, FL at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Memorials may be made to the Mershon Methodist Church, 3892 Steedley Lane, Mershon, GA  31551.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc. of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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