LAWTON — Celebration of Life for Harold W. Byrd. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Al Davis, Grace Family Church, Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Rev. Byron Elmore, Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God, Lawton, officiating.
Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Harold W. Byrd, age 83, Lawton, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 in Lawton. He was born July 22, 1934, in a little house on Lake Street in Lawton, to Homer Lloyd and Rosa Lee (Bennett) Byrd. Harold grew up on a farm on the East side of Lawton with older brother Lloyd. They fertilized, farmed and fished and fussed and fought. Harold attended Flower Mound School and Central High. He never met a stranger and developed friendships that are still strong today. He learned to work at a very young age. He started his career working at Fairmont Dairy and Morton’s Potato Chips as a delivery driver. He sold insurance and furniture and delivered gas for Thurmond Curtsinger, “Curt’s Oil,” in 1958.
He met the love of his life, Joyce Smoot Trussell at Humpty Dumpty. She had two little tow headed boys, Johnny and Roger. They all joined in marriage on July 11, 1959, in Lawton. They added a daughter, Pennye, in 1961.
Harold decided to sell cars and mentioned to Clinton Herring and Tom Johnson that he thought of selling Chevrolets or Fords. They told him he would get chewed up, so instead he went and joined the Buster Wyatt Lincoln-Mercury Dealership in the early 1960’s. There, he found his niche in selling and his love for cars. Clinton Herring bought the dealership, and Harold worked there until 1971. He moved to Ardmore to take the position of Sales Manager for Ken Milburn Ford. In the late 1970’s he entered into self employment. He partnered with E. Don Flanagan in the used car business. This business was like none other. They sold numerous cars, helped a lot of people, played cards and perfected the art of “Practical Jokes.” In 1990, Harold and Joyce moved back to Lawton where Harold resumed working with Clinton Herring Lincoln-Mercury until he retired in 2003.
He and Joyce were happily married until her passing from Alzheimer’s in 2009. Harold enjoyed buying and selling cars, racing cars, restoring cars, watching football and baseball, Gospel music and attending church. He was a member of Calvary Assembly of God.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pennye and Rod Shafer, Ardmore; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Connie Trussell, Houston, Texas, Roger and Nancy K. Byrd, Wiley, Texas, and Geary and Barbara Byrd, Hugo; grandchildren and spouses, Emily and Nathan Wiebe, Dallas, Amy and Chris Hopper, Ardmore, Melissa O’Hanlon Baird, Ardmore, Sally Jo and Tim Woolley, West Orange, Texas, Clayton Scott Trussell of Fort Bragg, N.C., Rick and Michelle Herrin and Cameron and Mindy Herrin, all of Purcell, and Traci and Julio Cavillini and Kristen and Gustano Parra, all of Hugo; great-grandchildren, Hayden Hopper, Kassidy Drake and Addilyn Baird, Ardmore, Addison Woolley, Callie Jo Woolley, Carter Alan Woolley and Reid Prescott Woolley, all of West Orange, Texas; sister-in-law Rita Swick and husband Delbert, nieces, Jennifer Harrison, Colonial Heights, Va., Roxie Elrod, Dallas, Debbie Schacher, Lawton, Kim Warren, Lawton, Tammy Haltom, Oklahoma City, Vickie Trudy and Susan Byrd of Montana and numerous other family and friends.
His parents, wife, brother, Lloyd Byrd, sister-in-law, Jeannie Byrd, nieces, Cheryl Byrd and Jeannie Middleton, nephew, Larry Campbell and Valene and Jim Yarmuk preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Endangered Ark Foundation, P.O. Box J, Hugo, OK 74743.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Richard Brittingham, Evelyn Sanders and Staff as well as the Hospitalists and Nurses in ICU at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com