Bobby Joe Byrd


Bobby Joe Byrd
Bobby Joe Byrd

Bobby Joe Byrd, 90, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on January 28, 2024.

Visitation with the family will be from 3-4:30 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 5, 2024, in the chapel at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bobby Joe Byrd was born in Childress, Texas on December 10, 1933, to Roy E. Byrd, Sr. and Oneita Cate Byrd.  He grew up in Canadian, Vernon, and finally Amarillo where he was a proud Amarillo Sandie and star track runner.  His athletic ability won him scholarships to Texas A&M, West Texas State University, and Hardin-Simmons University where he met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Carver.

They began their life together in Odessa, Texas teaching school.  While in Odessa, their two sons, Robert and Tracy, were born.  A move to Canyon followed with Bob teaching and coaching at Canyon ISD.  An Army veteran since ROTC in college, Bob began working full time for the National Guard in Amarillo as the AST for ten years.  He then went back to Canyon ISD in Administration, but eventually returned to his love of teaching at Canyon Jr. High and Valleyview Jr. High.  He finished his career in education as Assistant Principal of Valleyview Jr. High School.  He was a deacon at First Baptist Church and belonged to The Canyon Masonic Lodge as well as the Scottish Rite in Lubbock.

Following retirement, Bobby and Carolyn moved to Angel Fire, New Mexico where they lived for 28 years.  They were members of Angel Fire Baptist Church and worked faithfully with the Angel’s Attic ministry of AF Baptist Church in Eagle Nest, NM.  They often helped out with Cowboy Evenings at Moreno Valley Ranch and Bobcat Pass.

In 2022, Bob and Carolyn moved back to Amarillo where they joined First Baptist Church.  Bob left this world for his Heavenly home on January 28th leaving a legacy of faith and love including 67 years of marriage to his wife Carolyn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy E. Byrd, Sr. and Oneita Cate Byrd, and his brother Roy E. Byrd, Jr., and great-grandson Noah James Weisgerber.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, sons Robert (Linda) and Tracy (Lisa), five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and his sister, Annice Goodell Duncan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Baptist Student Ministry Center at West Texas A&M University. Donations may be mailed to WTAMU BSM, WT Box 60815, Canyon, Texas 79016.

13 Replies to “Bobby Joe Byrd”

  1. We are thankful we were able to make it to Amarillo, TX for the service to honor this amazing man. The service was very nice. I enjoyed hearing the various stories about Bobby’s life. The Byrd family is loving and their faith will get them through this tough time. It’s an honor to have them as friends. Please know that y’all are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

  2. Oh, coach Byrd.,the many fun times, laughs and memories I have teaching with you at VVJHS. YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND AND TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES, especially my children. You will certainly be missed andwilll remember you as a great blessing. Love to Carolyn, Tracy, son and especially grandkids. Gail

  3. Bobby and Carolyn have been an inspiration of a godly couple. We are so blessed to have known them in Angel Fire. Prayers for Carolyn and the family as they grieve this loss.

  4. Bobby Byrd was a good, kind man who loved people. He touched many young lives and older adults with his easy to know personality. Prayers lifted for his sweet family! 🙏❤️

  5. We were blessed to know Bobby (and Carolyn) only these past 12 years, but in that time we grew to know and admire Bobby greatly. His faith and love for family and friends is an inspiration to all who knew him. May the Lord hold and comfort Carolyn and all of his family as they remember such a wonderful life.

  6. Oh Mr. Byrd, Bobby, my friend,
    We shared many a day together at Valleyview…the memories are flooding my heart & soul with great laughter, cherished life lessons I’m still applying. Carolyn, you are my angel who shared with me the beautiful gift of teaching…&& life! How blessed to have you during student teaching. And to cross paths with you both in EN. Priceless. My heart hugs yours! Love you so. Prayers, peace my lovely Carolyn.

  7. Coach Byrd was awesome not only a great coach teacher but he was my drivers education teacher we just had the best time driving him around only good memories take care Tracy prayers for you and your mom brother and the rest of your family.

  8. Coach Byrd was the kindest man & wonderful teacher. He made a lasting impression on everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him. My thoughts & prayers to his family & friends .

  9. He was such a sweet man and teacher. My heart breaks for you and your family. Prayers for comfort and strength

  10. Coach Byrd was always my favorite coach and teacher at Canyon Jr. High in the mid-1970’s. One day, he came into start class and looked out upon the students with a twinkle in his eye, an impish grin and said, “I wouldn’t trade places with any of you for all the money in the world.” Being a 14 year old, I thought, “why? We are all young and vibrant.” It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I reflected upon what he said on that day and realized he was absolutely right. I would not want to go back to Jr. High. He was such a blessing and a Christian witness. Prayers to his family and, especially, Tracy.

  11. Bobby was such a wonderful man. We thoroughly enjoyed his friendship. It was always obvious that he truly loved Carolyn and his family. He was a great example to so many. He will be missed but will live on in our hearts. God bless you my friend. We’ll see you again.

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