Jimmy Ross Byrd passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 3, 1934, in Kent County, Texas to Charlie and Lizzie Byrd.
He grew up in Clairemont, Texas with his mother and brother, Bob. His father died when he was six. He attended school in Clairemont, Texas and Jayton, Texas. As a teenager, Jimmy started cowboying at the Davis Ranch in Kent County.
Jimmy met Jeanie Peel in Post, Texas. They married on August 26, 1955. They had four children. Their first son died soon after birth. They then had two daughters and another son. Jeanie passed away on January 18, 2009. Jimmy was baptized at the Jayton Church of Christ.
During the early years of their marriage, he worked for Ernest Lloyd Company, under his brother-in-law, Dueal Ellis, building highways. He then returned to his first love, being a cowboy. He worked for the Wallace Ranch in Scurry County; Lowe’s Ranch in Kent County; the Double U in Garza County; the O-O and Mesquite Grove in Kent County for the majority of his life. He then worked for Zack Burkett, a rock plant in Jacksboro, Texas, driving a truck while his wife Jeanie worked for the office. Finally, he worked for Garza County up into his 80s.
In his younger days, he enjoyed roping and cutting horses. He enjoyed traveling and went on many trips throughout his life with Jeanie, many relatives and Wanda Dooley.
Jimmy was preceded in death by an infant son; wife, Jeanie, his parents; three brothers, Bill, Elwood and Bob; and two sisters, Jewel Puryear and Toad Ellis.
He is survived by two daughters, D’Lynn and husband Richard Williams and Keliss Byrd all of Lubbock; one son, Shawn Byrd of Lubbock; grandsons, Brody Williams, Riley and wife Shelby Williams, Cody and Cason Byrd all of Lubbock; one granddaughter, Shay Byrd of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Beth Hooten and husband David of Lubbock; special friend, Wanda Dooley of Post; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Monday, April 26, 2021 at the Post Church of Christ. Burial followed in Terrace Cemetery in Post under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.
Jimmy’s life was well lived. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.