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Donald Franklin Byrd, Sr.

June 12, 1937 — July 23, 2022

Donald Franklin Byrd, Sr.

Mr. Donald Franklin “Don” Byrd, Sr., 85, of Ruckersville Road, Elberton, husband of 53 years to Ralene Frankie Allred Byrd, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Byrd was born in Marion, NC on June 12, 1937, son of the late Grover Cleveland Byrd and Grace Elizabeth Erwin Byrd. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Don was owner/operator of Don’s Maintenance, having served the granite industry for many years. Mr. Byrd later worked as a saw operator at Rome Granite Company.

He was an avid bowler who was invited to the Professional Bowlers Association many times. Don later loved the game of golf, and spent much of his retirement years volunteering at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course.

In addition to his wife and best friend, Ralene, he is survived by his children: Lynda Byrd, Lonnie Byrd, and Lori Byrd Rose; siblings: Dean Byrd, Larry Byrd, Betty Murray, and Carolyn Thomas; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald Franklin Byrd, Jr.; daughter, Tina Marie Byrd; and siblings: Helen Hoyle, Bob Byrd, Jerry Byrd, Mary Sue Mooneyham, and Carlton Byrd.

A visitation celebrating Don’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 27, from 5:00-7:00p.m. at Berry Funeral Home.

Flowers are accepted and contributions may be made in his memory to T.J. & Friends Cancer Foundation, PO Box 6161, Elberton, GA 30635.

Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory of Elberton is respectfully in charge of arrangements for Mr. Donald Frankin “Don” Byrd, Sr.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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