Ben Byrd

Ben Byrd

August 9, 1952 - November 30, 2019
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Ben Byrd, 67, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019.  Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Dreamland Cemetery with Bob Miller, pastor of Crossroads Country Church, officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Brooks Chapel in Canyon. Ben was born on August 9, 1952 in Canyon, Texas to JoZach and Dorothy Byrd.  He grew up in a farming and ranching family. He graduated from Canyon High School and attended the Denver Art Institute. On July 15, 1978, Ben married Sally Emerson in Amarillo. Ben never worked for anybody. He was his own boss. He was a talented artist and an avid reader and was self-taught in many areas such as welding, construction, and whatever needed to be done.  He had a love of the western culture and lifestyle, and later in life, he collected and traded in western collectibles. Ben was a loving husband, son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father, JoZach Byrd. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Sally; mother, Dorothy Byrd of Amarillo; sister, Dettie Byrd of Canyon; parents-in-law, David and Ermyne Emerson of Amarillo; and brothers-in-law, Joe and wife, Lynn, and Terry Emerson of Amarillo; and many nieces and nephews.   Thank you to Kindred Hospice for their kindness and compassionate care, and a special thank you to Erin, LaWanda, and Laura for their loving care, as well as Dr. Meikle, Gayla, and the infusion suite nurses at Texas Oncology.  The family suggests memorials be made to Cowfolks Care, 2700 S. Woodlands Village Blvd, Suite 300-256, Flagstaff AZ 86001; Working Ranch Cowboy Association, 408 SW 7th, Amarillo, TX 79101; or Texas Ramp Project, PO Box 832065, Richardson, TX 75083-2065 and in the memo, please write Amarillo Region.
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  • Visitation

    December 1, 2019 | 7:00pm - 4:00pm
    December 1, 2019 7:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    December 2, 2019 | 7:00pm
    December 2, 2019 7:00pm


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Posted at 12:00am
Thank you my friend for helping me in many ways.  You had a significant impact on many young lives.  You were always there when I called to spread your wisdom to those who needed it.  My prayers go out to the family. Dale Davis

Archie Davis

Posted at 12:00am
We will always remember the talented friend from art classes...too many years got away without bumping into Ben talented, so fun loving, and we know he'll be sorely we'll be seeing some spectacularly beautiful sun rises and sunsets...... Archie and Verna Davis

Beverly and Jeff Cooper, Mary Patterson

Posted at 12:00am
A Garden Path was purchased for the family of Ben Byrd by Beverly and Jeff Cooper, Mary Patterson.   Send Flowers

Danette Emerson Turner

Posted at 12:00am
Sally, so very sorry for your loss.  May your heart be comforted with God's Spirit of Peace deep within.  Hugs and Love, Cousin Danette Emerson Turner

Shug Bonds

Posted at 12:00am
Sincere sympathy to Sally, Dorothy and Detti. As kids, Ben was like a little brother. We rode and raced our horses, showed steers, hid out in New Mexico Curio Shops and completely perplexed our parents when we ordered food in restaurants. Ben was the renaissance man of our era. He could do it all if he chose to. Rest In Peace old friend. Shug Bonds

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