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Gladys Laverne Wells Byrd


Services for Mrs. Gladys Laverne Wells Byrd of Brookhaven were 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2020, at Central Baptist Church in Brookhaven, MS, with burial at Riverwood Memorial Park in Brookhaven.

Visitation was 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Mrs. Gladys Laverne Wells Byrd, 89, passed away peacefully at the Beehive Assisted Living Facility on July 17, 2020.

She was born on May 18, 1931, to the late Willie H. Wells and Irma Harrington Wells.

Mrs. Byrd loved to travel, and she and her husband made many trips. She dearly loved her church and church family at Central Baptist in Brookhaven, where she was faithful and dedicated for many years.

She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Brookhaven and past Worthy Matron. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, and will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Walter Benton Byrd; and brother, Willie “Braxton” Wells.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, James W. Byrd and wife, Brenda, and Ron Byrd and wife, Robin; daughter, Lisa Covington Hilbun and husband Mickey; brother, Dan Wells, and wife, Elsie; and sister, Jane Morgan.

She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Ben Covington and wife, Beth, Brittany Alexander, and husband, Tyler, Bonnie Thompson and husband, Justin, Chris Byrd, Jon Byrd and wife, Jenny, Matt Byrd and wife, Susan, Andy Byrd, and wife Stephanie, and Scott Byrd and wife, Grace Anne; and 15 great-grandchildren, along with her wonderful friend and neighbor, Carolyn Howington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church of Brookhaven Building Fund, 970 Hwy 550, Brookhaven, MS.

Condolences and other information are available online at www.riverwoodfamily.com.