Deborah Fay Byrd

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Services for Deborah Fay Byrd of Picayune were 11 a.m., Tuesday,June 15, at First Baptist Church of Picayune with burial in NewPalestine Cemetery. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Byrd, 52, died June 11, 2004, at her residence. She wasborn in Brookhaven on March 26, 1952, to Bessie and ClydeSmith.

She graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1970. For the past25 years, she worked for the Naval Oceanographic at the StennisTest Site in Waveland, retiring as a budget analyst last year. Sheand her husband, Richard, bred and trained Paso Fino horses forseveral years. She often joined Richard and their son, Zachary, asone of the riders at the many horse shows she loved to attend.Another passion was attending football games at Picayune HighSchool, Pearl River Community College and Ouachita BaptistUniversity, where her son, Jack, played the position of kicker. Shewas a member of First Baptist Church of Picayune.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are her husband, Richard Byrd of Picayune; her sons,Zachary Byrd of Houma, La., and Jack Byrd of Picayune; and hersisters, Voncile Johnston of El Cajon, Calif., Jene Bell ofGulfport, and Belinda Cartwright of Gulfport.

Family and friends can sign the register book