Johnny Jacob "Jay" Byrd III

Johnny Jacob "Jay" Byrd III, 58, Blaine was welcomed into his eternal heavenly home Friday, June 10, 2022. Born to his earthly parents October 16, 1963, he was born again during his youth at Lea Springs Baptist Church. He was a current member of God's Little Mission Baptist Church and took great pride in serving the Lord there. He loved his children and family deeply. He worked at Blue Water Industries - Midway Quarry for 25 years and was one of their hardest working and faithful employees. He loved raising cattle and all things farming. He proudly served his country in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division. Jay was preceded in death by grandparents, Johnny and Carlie Byrd and Troy and Grace Hurst; and uncles, Larry Hurst and Clarence “Bubby" Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Kasey (Nathan) Byrd; son, Johnny Jacob “Jake” Byrd IV; and their mother, Cindy Byrd; grandson, Nathan Jase Strickland; mother and father, Johnny II and Carolyn Byrd; brothers, Keith (Cristal) Byrd and Jimmy (Amy) Byrd; sister, Kelly (Tony) Hurst; nephews, Toby (Raylin) Hurst and Tiger Hurst; and nieces, Alison Byrd and Alexus Lowe. The family received friends Monday, June 13, 2022 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Bridges Funeral Home, followed by a service at 7 p.m. with Reverend Thurman Dyke officiating and singers, God's Little Mission Choir. Family and friends met the following day at Lea Springs Baptist Church Cemetery at 1:45 p.m. for a 2 p.m. graveside service with military honors, Reverend Thurman Dyke officiating. Pallbearers were Keith Byrd, Jimmy Byrd, Tony Hurst, Toby Hurst, Tiger Hurst, Tony Williams and Mark Ray. Honorary Pallbearers were Gordon Grizzle, Scott Lawson, Randy Myers, Mike Evans and the men of God's Little Mission Baptist Church.