It is with profound sadness that the family of Barbara McLeod Byrd announces her passing on December 31st at the age of 87. Barbara was born on July 12,1932 in Guilford County, North Carolina. On June 12, 1950, she married Billy J. Byrd who was her only love and best friend for 69 years. Barbara followed her husband around the world as he pursued his military career; returning to Mebane in 1966 to settle down and raise their family.

Barbara's numerous accomplishments include graduating as valedictorian of Mebane High School, a member of Mebane's town council and editor of the Mebane Enterprise newspaper.

Above all else, Barbara treasured her roles of wife, mother and grandmother. Barbara is survived by her husband, four children and their spouses, Steven (Susan) Byrd, Denise (Larry) Stewart, Pamela Gray and Jason (Misty) Byrd, and five grandchildren, Sarah Byrd, Zachary Stewart, Bryce Stewart, Logan Gray and Andrea Byrd. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret (Norman) Payne and cousin, Betty Jordan.

Barbara will be laid to rest at East Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.