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Josephine Byrd

Josephine Louise Byrd

Tuesday, April 1st, 1941 - Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
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2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Josephine L. Warrington Byrd, daughter of the late Finney Warrington and Helen Warrington Finney and the biological daughter of the late Malinda Williams, was born on April 1, 1941, in Eastville, Virginia. On May 2, 2021, God in His infinite wisdom called her home.

On October 26, 1962, Josephine married the love of her life, Lynwood T. Byrd. They were married for thirty years until his untimely death on June 18, 1992.

Josephine received her education in the public schools of Accomack County. Through the years, she was employed in various capacities including the R&G Shirt Factory, as a senior citizen’s transit operator, and as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Arcadia Nursing Home. She was a dedicated and conscientious bus driver for the Accomack County Public Schools for many years until her retirement.

At a very young age, Josephine was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Mappsville, Virginia, under the leadership of the late Rev. M. T. Boone. After her marriage, she joined her husband’s church, Metompkin Baptist Church of Parksley, Virginia, under the leadership of the late Rev. Leroy Mapp. One of her fondest memories was being a member of the Leroy Mapp Singers.

Josephine loved working in her yard and took pride in maintaining her many plants and flowers. She was also an avid lover of animals; she would never allow a stray cat to go hungry. She and her daughter shared the love of Duggie, Dutch, Lady, Sophie, and Sky, and it is certain that they will miss one another dearly.

During her illness, Josephine was blessed to have a loving and caring village to support her through the years to include: her dedicated sister-in-law, Miranda Broadwater; her favorite nephew, Hilton Williams; special niece, Veronica Sutherland; Leslie Parker, Alonzo Parker, Loletta Davis, Thomas Corbin, Eunice Warrington, Veronica Shrieves, Charles Copes, Regina Copes, Bertha Lee Wilson, Louvenia Justice, Patti Godfrey (Matthews Market); very special nurse, Tammy Truitt; Hermaine Matthews, Allena Annis Alfree, the Mappsville Post Office, Michael Preston, Leonel Martinez (who maintained her lawn for many years at no charge), her daughter’s co-workers and employment leadership team of District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Philadelphia, PA, and last but not least Chico, her faithful four- legged companion, who stayed by her side throughout.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Lynwood T. Byrd; brother, William F. Williams “Buck;” sister, Helena Williams; special cousin, Betty Parker; and her faithful companions, Princess and Missy.

Josephine leaves to cherish her loving memories: a loving daughter, Teressa Byrd; step-son, Antonio Tunell; two step-grandchildren; godchildren, Alonzo Parker, Leslie Parker, Loletta Davis, and Charles Copes; a very special sister-in-law, Miranda Broadwater; a cherished nephew, Hilton Williams “Junie;” caring cousins, Thomas Corbin, Levi Joynes, Belinda Branch, and Carla Branch; three sisters, Helen Williams, Charlette Williams, and Nancy (Vincent) Davis; one brother-in-law, Vincent Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 2:00pm
    Wharton Cemetery
    Kinsey Dr. & Metompkin Rd.
    PARKSLEY, VA 23421
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Thursday, April 1, 2021, all public and private in person gatherings of 50 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Harvey Davis, Sr.
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 2:00pm
    Wharton Cemetery
    Kinsey Dr. & Metompkin Rd.
    PARKSLEY, VA 23421
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Blandy Bell

Posted at 01:16pm
I am so sad to read of Mrs. Byrd's passing. I was a kindergarten teacher years ago at Accomac Primary and Accawmacke Elementary Schools when she was drove bus #41. At the end of the school days when the bus drivers would come in to sign in in the office, she would stop by my classroom and listen to my kids count by 2's, 5's, and 10's or sing songs while we were waiting for dismissal. She would smile and sing along with them. I laugh now because she used to scare the heck out of me (intimidate me) but once I got to know her, she was a funny and kind lady. I had a lot of respect for her. My sincerest sympathies to her family.
Blandy Bell (formerly Blandy Turner)

Lisa Jo Smith

Posted at 06:56pm
Mrs Byrd was my buddy. I really thought a lot of her. She was so sweet and I am going to miss her greatly. Much love to her family.

Lisa Jo from Suburban Propane

Penny Needam Torry

Posted at 05:39pm
Teresa sending prayers of comfort to you. I know the pain all too well. I can tell you that in time when you think of your mom you will find joy and laughter. We've loved our moms as best we could and spoiled them as best we could. The bible says that weeping may endure for a night (its okay to mourn) but JOY will come in the morning. The joy will come, I'm a witness to that - joy will come. Trust God in your going through.

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Posted at 09:21am
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Matthews Market

Posted at 01:33pm
We all looked forward to Ms. Josephine "Wee Wee" coming to the store. She was one of the sweetest ladies you could ever meet. She was one tough lady with a heart of gold. Keeping Teresa and the family in our thoughts & prayers. R.I.P. our dear friend.

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