John Elvis Byrd

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

John Elvis Byrd,60 of Manila, passed from this life Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Leachville, he was the son of the late Carl and Sue Turnbow Byrd and had been a lifelong Manila resident. A 1975 graduate of Manila High School, he later served four years in the U. S. Navy as a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Ranger, a Forrestal-class supercarrier. Following his military service, John received a bachelor of science in business administration from Arkansas State University before becoming a registered nurse. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Manila.

Survivors include a son, Nicholas Ryan Byrd of Jonesboro; a daughter, Sarah Rachelle Harrison of Bradford; a brother, Victor Byrd of Fayetteville, Ga.; a granddaughter, Olivia Byrd.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Rev. Matt Pryor officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Manila Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Wednesday morning from 9:30 until service time at the funeral home. Guest register