COMANCHE COUNTY—Graveside services for Thomas Joseph ‘Joey’ Byrd, 40, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Comanche County with Rev. Rick Griffith officiating. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Comanche Funeral Home.

He was born in Brownwood to Ricky  and Bonnie Ann (Land) Byrd. He was a self employed painter and tile setter and he was an avid fisherman.  Joey was a Christian man and was a member of the First Baptist Church. 

He is survived by father, Ricky Byrd and wife Stephanie of Comanche; mother, Bonnie Ann Newman and husband Mike of Brownwood; brother, Jackie Lee Byrd of Comanche; grandmother, Carmaleta Byrd of Comanche; step-brothers, Kyle Newman and wife Mary of Austin and Craig Newman and wife Tracy of Brownwood; step-sisters, Tracey Hatley of Comanche and Haley Love and son Hunter of Comanche; aunts, Cindy Land and husband Thomas of Comanche and Sherry Byrd and daughter Lauren of Hot Springs, Arkansas; uncle, Albert Land and wife Debra of Granbury; aunts, Linda Whorton and husband Warren of Rockdale and Sue Mahanay of Burleson; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends Charlie Smith and wife Ramey, Felicia Swindle Crouch and husband Kent, and David Deeds. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack Byrd, Carlton Land, and Bonnie and H. L. Pyburn.

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If desired, memorials may be made to American Liver Foundation, 2425 W. Loop South, Suite 840, Houston, Texas, 77027.