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Mary Gertrude Traynham Byrd / February 22, 2018

Mary Gertrude Traynham Byrd, 98, of Dudley Road, Halifax died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Sentara Woodview. She was born in Halifax County on Jan. 18, 1920, a daughter of the late Gene Ed Traynham and Lillian Thompson. She was married to the late Robert Byrd and was a member of First Baptist Church, Meadville.

Mrs. Byrd is survived by three daughters, Julie E. Byrd of Halifax, Mary Stovall Loman and Barbara Gibbs and husband Willie, all of New Jersey; four sons, Larry Byrd and wife Louise, Robert Byrd of Halifax, Wallace Byrd of South Boston and David Byrd and wife Odessa, both of New Jersey; 24 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great-grandchildren, two great-great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Charles Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her beloved church family.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Lillian Byrd and Alice Brown, a son, James Byrd, one sister, Virginia Traynham and two grandsons, Adrian Anderson and Baby Brown.

A funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Meadville with Rev. Robert Wimbish officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Public viewing will be Friday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Tina Brown, 4031 Ball Park Road, Halifax.

Arrangements by Jeffress Funeral Home.

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