Wesley Byrd Jr.
BRANDON — Wesley Leonard Byrd Jr., age 94, a resident of Brandon, MS passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Ott and Lee Funeral Home, Brandon, with a graveside service to be held at 3:30 p.m. Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday, May 27, at the funeral home in Brandon.
A man of God went to his eternal home on May 23, 2021. Wesley Leonard Byrd Jr., has gone home to be with his Heavenly Father. Wes, or WL, was born in Vicksburg, to Wessie and Margret Byrd on Dec. 18, 1926. Wes moved to Greenville in 1939, when his father went to work for the Army Corp of Engineers. Wes joined the U.S. Navy in September of 1944 and served in the USS Wadleigh, DD 689, until after World War II was over. He and his wife Marie Cummings lived in Greenville and raised four children. Wes worked for the Army Corp of Engineers in Greenville until 1988. They moved to Brandon, in 2004. Wes was a member at Pine Lake Baptist Church. Wes was a member of “The Greatest Generation” and is a patriot to this day. He is a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and loved Him with all his heart.
Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Wessie and Margret; and wife, Marie Cummings Byrd; and his wife, Sally Byrd.
He is survived by his brother, Willard Bill Byrd; his son, Wes (Lynn); his daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Vaughn, Jean (Henry) Griffith, and Julia Soutullo. He is survived by his grandchildren, Wayne Vaughn (Paige), David Vaughn (Amberlyn), Lisa Strum (Farrar), Stephen Griffith, Heather (Ryan) Mathias, Joseph (Erin) Soutullo, John Soutullo, Justin Soutullo, and Hana Colvin. His great-grandchildren are Rose Mathias, Layne Mathias, Azalea Mathias, Tommy Soutullo, John Michael Soutullo, Ivy Vaughn, Houston Vaughn, Madison Strum, Vaughn Strum, Alex Griffith, Wyatt Wolf Soutullo.
During his life, he was a U.S. Navy Fireman First Class, an auto mechanic, a diesel and marine diesel mechanic, a licensed Mississippi River Boat Pilot, Chief of the US Army Bank Grading Unit until retirement. Wes was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, furniture builder and an all around wood craftsman. But above all he was and is a servant of the Most High God and His Son Jesus.
You may offer your condolences at ottandlee.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.