Richard T Byrd

Born in Dearborn, MI on April 13, 1953

Departed on May 22, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Richard T. Byrd, age 67 of Springfield, passed away on May 22, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

On April 13, 1953, Richard Taylor Byrd was born to the late Payton Tyson and Maurine Inez Taylor Byrd in Dearborn, MI. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1971 and joined the United States Army. After being discharged in 1975, he worked for many years in Public Safety and Emergency Management. His love of giving back was passed down to his daughters who all have jobs serving others. He met the love of his life, Jeannie, while working as a Safety Officer at Vanderbilt Medical Center. They were married on May 25, 1996 joining two families into one.

Richard was always looking for the next new adventure. He explored many hobbies including baking, growing roses, RC cars, sport shooting, grilling/smoking meat and beekeeping.

Richard was described as a family man, he enjoyed making others laugh through his sarcasm and his mischievous nature. He loved spending time with his family, enjoying good food and playing Phase 10. Papa would be right in the middle of his grandchildren enjoying different activities; it was hard sometimes to figure out who was having more fun. Papa loved to save pocket change to be used as fun money with the grandchildren. He would spend time counting and rolling the change with them before deciding what trouble to get into.

His “Zoo Crew” will forever hold these memories and many others close to their hearts for years to come.

In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Wayne Kohler.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeannie Byrd; children, Amy (James) Lindler, Jenny (Brian) Vivrette, Michelle (Justin) Porter, Kristin (Michael) Owen, and Brian Hagan; grandchildren, Aaron Gawlik, Zachary Gawlik, Cameron Gawlik, Alexander Lindler, Taylor Vivrette, Colton Vivrette, Sean Bryant, Joshua Porter, Jonathan Porter and Addison Porter; siblings, Jim (Sharon) Byrd, Gary (Dorothy) Byrd, Mike (Teresa) Byrd, Joe (Carmela) Byrd, Sandra Kohler and Jane (Joe) McFarland and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Family Life Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 11am with Brother Joe Byrd officiating in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4-8pm then again on Thursday from 9am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers Richard requested that donations be made to Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Online condolences can be made at www.SpringfieldFH.com

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172 (615)384-5437.

8 Comments to Richard T Byrd

  1. Charles&Donna Willerson
    May 24, 2020 10:26 pm

    Good neighbor and a great friend. We always enjoyed the talks we had. Watching Rick taking care of his bees & not worried about getting stung was fun. Rick was one that would give you his shirt off his back, if you asked for it. Our dog Moses would meet Rick & Jeannie and loved to ride on there side by side. Rick always took our granddaughter for a ride also. Very special friend & will be missed.

  2. Charles&Donna Wilkerson
    May 24, 2020 10:27 pm

    Good neighbor and a great friend. We always enjoyed the talks we had. Watching Rick taking care of his bees & not worried about getting stung was fun. Rick was one that would give you his shirt off his back, if you asked for it. Our dog Moses would meet Rick & Jeannie and loved to ride on there side by side. Rick always took our granddaughter for a ride also. Very special friend & will be missed.

  3. Richard
    May 25, 2020 10:35 am

    Very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. We worked together many times when he was at Vanderbilt and I was a fire inspector with the Nashville Fire Department. We also saw some of each other when he went to work for the State. There were many things we experienced on my inspections that had us both shaking our heads in disbelief. Years later we were able to laugh about some of them. I will always remember him as someone that was always learning and perfecting his knowledge and skills. I could always count on him to get violations corrected. He was a good man.

  4. Kathy Jernigan
    May 27, 2020 10:21 am

    Jeannie, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Marsha Oot
    May 27, 2020 4:42 pm

    Jeannie: I was so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. May you remain strong in all the loving memories you have together. Thing of you and your family. Marsha Oot

  6. Gordon Dixon
    May 31, 2020 6:31 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Rich’s passing. The only good I can get out of it is that he is not hurting any longer. I worked with him at the old Fort Carson Emergency Room (before it was Evans Army Community Hospital). I moved to a clinic and he moved to Fort Carson Fire Department. I even lived with him a while. I can recall many interesting stories involving him. Too bad Dean isn’t here to tell the story of the snake encounter at Turkey Creek Ranch. I know his whole family will miss him as will all his friends. Rest In Peace Rich.

  7. Teresa (Taylor) Young
    June 8, 2020 4:16 am

    Rick I have such great memories as your cousin coming to your house in Michigan and we would all play or hang out together. It was always a home full of love and laughter and lots of smiles on everyone’s faces! And you were a big part of that. Matter of fact I can’t remember a time when you didn’t have a big smile on your face. Your parents instilled a great character of Christian love in you and all your siblings. I’m sure your family will miss that . My condolences and prayers with all of the family . I’ll be thinking of all of you and so sorry that I couldn’t be there in the circumstances.

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