James L. Byrd

  • Born: May 5, 1921
  • Died: October 28, 2012
  • Location: Kingsport, Tennessee

Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations

800 Truxton Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660

Tel. (423) 246-4631

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Louis Byrd

James Louis Byrd, of Kingsport passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Asbury Place.

Mr. Byrd was a native of Greene County. He was a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as a Captain. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Byrd taught in the Greene County school system. Upon his retirement from teaching, he moved to Kingsport to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Christine Byrd; his mother, Kittie Mae White and his sister, Louise Hall.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Driggers and husband John of Kingsport; son, Stephen Byrd and wife Nancy of Kingsport; two grandchildren, Chris Byrd and wife Miranda of Rochester, NY and David Byrd and wife Charli of Johnson City. He is further survived by two great-grandchildren, Levi and Henry Byrd of Rochester, NY.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow with Pastor Micky Rainwater officiating.

A military entombment service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Oak Hill Memorial Park, Oak Hill Mausoleum IV. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post #265.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

The staff of Oak Hill is honored to serve the family of James Louis Byrd.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Lisa,

We want to offer our sympathy to you and your family upon the passing of your father.
He served as the president of our homeowners association for many years and did a wonderful job at it. He was a good neighbor and will be fondly remembered.
Janet Lounds
Manor Ct Villas

Posted by Janet Lounds - Kingsport, TN   November 05, 2012

Deepest sympathies, Steve & Family. Our prayers are with you and yours.

Posted by John T. Maine - Blountville, TN - Friend / coworker of family   November 03, 2012

We are sorry for the death of Louis, but we know that memories of him wiil remain with you for your lifetime.

Posted by Fred and Mary Ann Himelwright - Kingsport, TN - friend/fellow churchmember   November 03, 2012


The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.

Posted by Pepper and Christopher Mowell and family - Kingsport, TN - friend/co-worker-Lisa Driggers   November 02, 2012

Our prayers are with you and your family. May God allow your grief to be turned into comfort during this time of loss. Mr. Byrd was blessed with a family that took very special care of him and loved him dearly.

In Christ, Shannon and Katy Barker

Posted by Shannon and Katy Barker - Kingsport, TN - Co-worker of Daughter Lisa   November 01, 2012


We are sooooo sorry about your father. May God hold your family in his hand, comfort you gently, and bring you peace. You are in our prayers.

Posted by Bill and Linda Fessel    November 01, 2012

Steve, I'm very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Saying goodbye is such a hard thing, you are in my thoughts.

Posted by Brian Watson - Jonesborough, TN - co-worker   October 31, 2012