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