Charles Lee Byrd, 75 was called to his heavenly home on April 7, 2020 after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family, and belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Charles was born to the late Charles Dixon, and Frances Dixon of Savannah, Georgia on July 8, 1944. After his father returned from his deployment in World War II, the family relocated to Harlem, New York in July 1956. He attended New York City Public Schools and graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn in June 1964. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on January 1965 and was deployed to Vietnam later that year. During his time in the Vietnam War he served two tours as a Marine Special Forces saving the lives of many men in his platoon which earned him several accolades. The accolades are two Purple Hearts, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal. With one of his Purple Hearts being issued by the late President Johnson. Upon his return to New York in 1969, Charles worked in various fields mainly in Social Work and the Postal office where he retired. In 1970s, he met the former Susan Ward who later became Susan Byrd as his wife, the two fell in love and became the proud parents of Taundwa Jeffries, Jamel Byrd, Jasmine Byrd, and Ashley Byrd. He was preceded in death by his daughter Tonya Wilkins, and son Charles L. Byrd Jr. In the latter part of his life, Charles decided to move to Richmond, Virginia for a change of pace.
Charles could make a friend wherever he went, and always lend a hand for whoever needed his help. He will be genuinely missed by all who knew him, and his family takes comfort in knowing he was at peace with his creator.
In addition to his children he is survived by his brothers, Jerome Byrd and Carl Frazier; sister-in-law, Evelyn Moses; brother-in-law, Thomas Ward; sons-in-law, Anton Wilkins and Earl Jeffries; grandchildren LaChe Wilkins, Latiise Wilkins, London Byrd, Anton “Monti” Wilkins, Kiana Byrd, Janiece Jeffries, Jahiem Roberts, Kyle Rosarion, Xavier Goode, Jamiylah Jeffries and Joshua Jeffries and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.