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   Graveside services for Sam Byrd, 78 of Vernon, who died on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Vernon, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Eastview Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Toby Castleberry. Interment will be under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Byrd was born Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1936 in Graham, Okla. He was the son of the late Walter Byrd and the late Lilly Dowdy Byrd. He married Loretta Rushing on Sept. 20, 1974 in Altus, Okla. He was a auto mechanic for Krebs Motor Co., Scott’s Wrecking Yard, Loveless Automotive and Vernon Independent School Dist. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
   He is survived by his wife, Loretta Byrd of the home; two daughters, Gaylan Prator of Aubrey and Tammy Byrd of Vernon; two sons, Sam Byrd Jr. of Vernon and Jimmy Seaton of Cleveland, Tenn.; one brother, Alvin Byrd of Wellington; one sister, Leona Matthew of Chillicothe; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Johnny and Wayne Byrd; a daughter, Christina Schrank ,and four grandchildren.
   Memorials can be made to American Heart Association.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at


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