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Dwight Gay

Dwight “Buddy” Gay

06/11/1956 ~ 10/09/2018

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Betty Jean King

09/18/1933 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held:

Naomi Lee obit pic

Naomi Sommerville Lee

05/29/1920 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

Betty Hudson obit pic

Betty Thomas Hudson

08/03/1937 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/12/2018

Joyce Pollard obit photo

Joyce D. Pollard

02/01/1947 ~ 10/08/2018

Services will be held: 10/11/2018

Richard Liles obit pic

Ricky Liles

11/15/1954 ~ 10/06/2018

Services will be held: 10/13/2018


Harriet S. Martin

09/26/1949 ~ 10/06/2018

Services will be held: 10/09/2018

Ruth Beasley Obit Photo

Julia Ruth Norris Beasley

07/29/1930 ~ 10/07/2018

Services will be held: 10/09/2018

Simmie Ione Marie Byrd

Simmie Byrd photo

03/05/1999 ~ 11/08/2017

GARNER- Simmie Ione Marie Byrd, 18, died Wednesday.  Marie was loved by many, including friends at WYWLA, St. Augustine College and East Carolina University, where she was majoring in biology with the desire to pursue a career as a Zoologist. From a very young age, Marie loved all God’s creatures; spiders, turtles, cats, dogs, there was nothing she was afraid of. She had 2 cats, 3 dogs and a hamster that she adored.

She enjoyed Anime and becoming in Character and had many friends with whom she enjoyed doing Cosplay.  Her first love was playing soccer. She played club soccer for CASL; GCAA, Cherokee Impact and was currently playing intermural soccer at ECU.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday at First Baptist Church of Garner. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Burial will be on Monday at 11:00 am at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh.

Survivors include her mother, Simmie Lowery (Tim); sisters, Sherri Fowler, Amy Karnes (Paul), Maria Alba, Desirae Alba; brother, Enrique Alba; half-sister, Trudy Byrd; aunts, Linda Kreider, Tammie Williams (Ben) , Sandy Sewell, Kandy Swancey,  Tanya Brewer (David); uncle, Randy Peacock (Dawn); grandparents, Peggy Fulghum (Ron) and Rev. Leo & Linda Lowery, as well as a large and loving extended family.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William Franklin Peacock.




Following the Service

First Baptist Church, Garner



2:00 PM

First Baptist Church, Garner


  1. Angela Spence

    Simmie I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Love you. Angela Spence

  2. Gloria And Mike Smith

    Sorry for your loss . I am praying for you and your family.

  3. Scott, Cathy, Brayden & Cameron Hoag

    We are heartbroken for your family. Holding you up in prayer.

  4. Tim & Donna (Lowery) Adams; Colby Adams & Kayleigh Nyenhuis; & Shane & Leslie Cureton

    Dear Tim, Simmie, & Family
    Our entire family is so saddened for your family and we are holding you ever close in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers! Please know that we love you and are praying for your family as we know your hearts are heavy and heartbroken! Sending much love!

  5. The Joseph Family

    Our condolences, our hearts are broken, we’re praying for you and your family, she will be missed very much. Love Dave, Nats, Radi, Rivy and Rae.

  6. Franklin & Madeline Lowery

    Dear Tim, Simmie, & Family,
    Please know that our hearts ache for you & we are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Much love to you all.
    Franklin & Madeline

  7. Barbara Whitaker

    This just breaks my heart. She was so beautiful, funny, full of personality. Y’all are such a close family. I pray your faith will carry you through this time. I pray you will dwell on all the happy memories you had with Marie.,I love each of you.

  8. Anita Brown

    Still praying for you.

  9. Jerry and Kathy Whitby

    We are so very sorry for the loss of such a beautiful young daughter! We are praying for you and all of your family.

  10. The Wells Family

    We are praying for peace and comfort. We will always loved you Marie. You were such a blessing to us all. Although you may not have noticed but you made a huge impact on many lives. Rest In Peace baby girl. This will never be a goodbye but a farewell and see you soon.

  11. Telowa Coleman

    I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers.

  12. Kristina Tucci

    I am so sorry for your loss, prayers for you family.

  13. Kristina Tucci

    I am so sorry for your loss, prayers for your family.

  14. The Tomlinson's - Steve, Lisa, Jenna and Lauren

    Simmie, Maria and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my prayers.

  15. Kimberly Vana

    I send my condolences for your loss. I didn’t know her personally, but I have a close friend who did. Marie sounded like a wonderful young woman.

  16. Lori Korth-Phillips

    I am so sorry for your loss ,Simmie.I am praying for your family.Hugs!!

  17. Lori Korth-Phillips

    I am so sorry for your loss ,Simmie ,Tim and family..I am praying for your family.Hugs!!

  18. Valerie Greene

    Praying for you and your family.

  19. Teresa Basaves

    To family: I’m so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my prayers.
    Marie: you will be greatly missed by friends and family. May you Rest In Peace.

  20. Ronda Miles

    This has saddened us so deeply. Praying for all of you as you walk through today tomorrow and the rest of this difficult season.

  21. Jerry Merritt

    We are so sorry for the whole family and we miss you all.

  22. Maureen Orr

    Dear Simmie, i have always been impressed at what a great mother you are. I know how especially heartbreaking this must be. I am praying that you and your family are able to get through this. Maureen Orr

  23. Valarie and Natalie Browning

    Praying for your family

  24. Ed and Kathy Carlan

    Simmie and Tim, Ed and I are so sorry for your loss. We have great memories of you and your family at FBC-Canton. Marie was a lovely young lady, we are sadden her life was cut short so soon.

  25. Lawanna

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  26. Carolyn Patterson

    Simmie & Tim, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry to hear this news about your precious daughter. Sending you my love & prayers.

  27. Parish Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. No words can express the feeling of loss that your family is going through. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Michele & Faith Parish

  28. Hope

    I am so very sorry for your families loss. Prayers have been and will continue, for you all.

  29. Margaret Feldman

    Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  30. Deborah and Rod Phillips

    Simmie, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers, and if you need anything in the coming days, please do not hesitate to reach out. God bless…..

  31. Supora weldon

    Hey Sammie I am so sorry about your loss you and your family will be in my prays

  32. Sha-Lynn Drinkard

    My deepest sympathies. I pray for true strength, comfort and love for all who loved Marie.

  33. S. Williamson

    Please accept my sincere empathy for the loss of your dear loved one. I hope and pray that you will have some comfort from God’s word the Bible. 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, verses 3 and 4. The Bible promises that God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 9,10.

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