David “Tweety-Byrd” Byrd, 75, of Lookout Valley went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 16, 2018. David was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. He was a 1965 graduate of East Ridge High School where he played Football. He was the last barefooted punter in the state of Tennessee. After graduating high school, David served in the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam Era. David retired from Combustion Engineering in the mid 1990’s with over 30 years of service. While working with Combustion he enjoyed playing Fast Pitch Softball. David was a member of the Tiftonia Church of Christ, was a TWRA Hunter Education Instructor and his passions in life were hunting, fishing, and cutting up with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Camela Byrd; parents, Conner and Beulah Byrd; and sister, Mary Nell Reed.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nancy Byrd; children, Connie (Terry) Tipton and Dava (Buddy) Whaley, all of Lookout Valley; brothers, Raymond, Charles, and Wayne Byrd; sister, Judy Wilbanks; four grandchildren, Terry Tipton, II, Amber Tipton, Katie Tipton, and Laney Robinson; six great grandchildren, Aurora, Bella, Jude, Bailey, Anna, and Isaac; special friends, Tommy and Barbra Meyers; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21st at 1:00p.m. at Tiftonia Church of Christ 159 Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419 with Minister Gary McDade officiating. Mr. Byrd will lie in state at the church from 11a.m. until the funeral hour.
Interment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Military Honors.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4-8p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.