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James Byrd Jr.

James Shelby Byrd Jr., 61, of Troy, born October 6, 1959 in East St. Louis and passed away February 1, 2021 at Anderson Hospital, Maryville.

James worked for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions in food services.  He was an avid fisherman and loved his family especially his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James S. Byrd Sr.; and his step day, Toby Bourland.

Surviving are  his mother, Ruth (nee Johnson) Byrd; brothers, Douglas (Rhea) Byrd of East Carondelet, Mike (Debbie) Byrd of Collinsville, Steven Bourland, Troy; sister, Mary (Earl) Herschbacher of Belleville; nieces and nephews, Mike P., Lara, Michael B., Ethan, Shelby, Billy, Anna, Aubry, Eric, Lucy and Josh.

Memorials may be made to the family or Diabetes assn.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Funeral services will be held 11 am Friday, February 5, 2021 at Richeson Funeral Home with Steve Davis officiating.  Interment will be in Valhalla Cemetery, Belleville.

Richeson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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