A Memorial Service for Herman Clyde Byrd, Jr., 65, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 18, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, West Plains, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Byrd passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at his home.
He was born October 13, 1951 at Knoxville, Tennessee to Herman C. Byrd and Dorothy (Nitchmann) Byrd. On August 25, 1973 he was married to Wanda West. Herman graduated from McCluer High School in 1970 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Central Methodist University in 1974. He completed his Master of Science in Education Degree at Missouri State University in 1979, where he was graduate assistant to Robert M. Scott in the Band program. Herman taught band in the public schools of Blair Oaks (1974-1975), Vienna (1975-1978), Potosi (1979-1981), Salem (1981-1985) and West Plains (1985 -2004) where his bands consistently received Honor ratings at state music contests. Since retiring from full time teaching in 2004, Herman has served as a festival judge and clinician throughout the state.
Herman is a member of professional organizations including NAfME/MMEA, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu. In 2001 he received the first John East Spirit of Orpheus Award. He enjoyed fly fishing and hunting whenever he could. He was active in the United Methodist Church, serving as Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Music Director at Open Door Worship Center. He loved attending Heartland Ecumenical Camino Weekends.
He is survived by his wife Wanda of the family home; one daughter, Allyson Tipton and her husband, Curtis, Springfield, Missouri; one son, Bryan Byrd and his wife, Christin, Tecumseh, Missouri; four grandchildren, who were the loves of his life, Quincy, Ella and Tess Tipton and Caleb Byrd; one brother, Jim Byrd, West Plains, Missouri; and many loving family members, friends, students, and colleagues.
His parents and grandparents precede him in death.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Herman Byrd Music Scholarship Fund for Central Methodist University or the First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.