Virgil Franklin “Jack” Byrd, age 95, of Archer City, Texas passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the Archer Nursing Center.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, in the Archer City Cemetery with Roger Deerinwater, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home.
Jack, the tenth child of twelve, was born December 25, 1918 in Belcherville, Texas to the late John Thatyis and May Nora Lewis Byrd.
He and Ruby Baughman were married August 21, 1940 in Archer City and lived in the Holliday-Archer area all of their life. She preceded him in death on October 20, 2007.
Jack worked in the ranching-farming business until he was about twenty years old. Later he worked in ranching and farming for himself and worked a second job in the oil field. He was employed for Bridwell Oil Company for twenty-five years and retired in 1985. He and Ruby enjoyed gardening and hunting for the remainder of their lives.
Jack was an avid hunter of deer, turkey and quail. He trained bird dogs most of his life. When a dog would get to the age of six years, he would sell or give the dog away and then start over with a puppy.
Survivors include his son, Cliff and wife, Jann; his daughter, Jan and husband, Bill Finnegan, all of Archer City; sister, Mardell Bilbry of Lindsey, Texas;five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at the Archer Nursing Center for the care Jack received during his stay there.
The family suggests memorials to the Archer City Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 190, Archer City, Texas 76351.