William Bellew Byrd, 91, of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014, at his home. Mr. Byrd was born November 4, 1922, in Fulton County, Kentucky. He graduated from Central High School, Clinton, Kentucky in 1940, Murray State in 1947 and the University of Kentucky School of Law in 1951. Mr. Byrd was on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1943 thru 1946 and remained active in the U.S. Army Reserve where he attained the rank of Major.
Prior to retirement in 2003, Mr. Byrd practiced law in Paducah for fifty-two years. He was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the KBA House of Delegates. Mr. Byrd also served as president of the McCracken County Bar Association. Mr. Byrd was admitted to practice before state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to the general practice of law, Mr. Byrd served as Corporation Council to the City of Paducah and several public agencies.
Mr. Byrd was active in many civic organizations including the Downtown Kiwanis and Elks Clubs, the 4-Rivers Boy Scout Council, Murray State Alumni Association, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, Paducah Reserve Officers Association, and Paducah Tilghman PTO. He was a life member of The National Society of Sons of the American Revolution.
As a devoted member of Broadway United Methodist Church since 1951, Mr. Byrd taught Sunday School, sang in the men’s choir, was a member of Methodist Men, and served on numerous committees and church boards.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jacqueline Fish Byrd; children, William Bellew Byrd, Jr. and wife Connie of Paducah, Richard Marshall Byrd and wife Haroldett of Covington, and Mary Byrd Ferrara and husband Chris of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Julie Byrd Tapp, William Bellew Byrd, III, Rachel Graham Byrd, John Martin Ferrara, and Richard Byrd Ferrara; step-grandchildren, Allison Redden, Vanessa Garcia and Maureen Mitchell; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ruby Byrd and Carol Hannan; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milner Edward Byrd and Vera Bellew Byrd; sisters, Eunice Byrd (infant), Elizabeth Haynes (Bill), Rachel Howell (Thurman), Magdalyn Ross (Harmon), Esther Davie (Turney); and brothers, John Byrd (Helen), James Byrd (Frances), Robert Byrd (Dorothy), and Richard Byrd.
There will be no visitation. The family will have private services at Rock Springs Cemetery in Fulton County, Kentucky. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001; or to Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100; or the charity of your choice.
Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah was in charge of arrangements. You may leave a message of condolence and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com
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