Tuesday July 7, 2009
UNDATED--Jim Byrd, the father of former Clemson golfer Jonathan Byrd and current Clemson assistant coach Jordan Byrd passed away last night after a long bout with brain cancer. Below is his obituary.
James Edward Byrd, Jr. died on July 7, 2009. He was born on January 1, 1944, the son of Mary Currie Byrd and James Edward Byrd, Sr., of Raeford, North Carolina.
Jim received his B.A. degree in 1967 from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, where he lettered in freshmen baseball and varsity football. He had a thirty-year career with Southern Bell and BellSouth. In 2000, he was elected president of the S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. In 2005, he joined Colliers Keenan, Inc and was in charge of business development for LCK. Before his retirement, Jim served on many boards and committees during his career – S.C. Chamber of Commerce, Midlands United Way, President of Anderson Rotary Club, Columbia Rotary Club, chairman of Governors Math & Science Advisory Board, BIPEC, and S.C. Humanities Council. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and was a member of various committees.
Jim’s passion was golf. He enjoyed playing with his friends, but his greatest joy was competing with his two sons, Jordan and Jonathan.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Jo Turner Byrd, sons Jordan Edward Byrd and Jonathan Currie Byrd, daughter-in law Amanda Talley Byrd, and grandchildren, Jackson Talley Byrd, and Caroline Grace Byrd.