International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star
MOST WORSHIPFUL ILLUSTRIOUS RENFORD P. BROWN GRAND LODGE
Illustrious James O. Dogan, 33° - Supreme President/CEO • Illustrious Kenneth L. Hollowell, 33° - Supreme Grand Master
Illustrious Robert L. Stevens, 33°
Most Worshipful Grand Master
MW Illustrious Renford P. Brown Grand Lodge - In Memoriam
Sunrise: December 13, 1936
Sunset: September 15, 2011
Illustrious Frank Byrd, Jr. 33°
Past Worshipful Master, Coleman Lodge #29; Past Eminent Commander
Illustrious Frank Byrd, Jr. 33° heard the Master's call on Thursday, September 15,2011 and departed this life into his eternal rest.
Frank Byrd, Jr. was born to the late Frank Byrd, Sr. and Katie Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida on December 13, 1936. He relocated to West Palm Beach at an early age where he attended Roosevelt High School.
In April of 1955, he joined and served as an Airborne Parachuter in the United States Army where he received an Honorable Discharge. Once he returned, he was employed with Rose Furniture which later became Grant's Furniture Store. Later in life, he had a vision of becoming his own boss with the running of Byrd's Grocery Store, Blue Byrd Janitorial Service, Jay's Fashions and co-owner of Ann's Salon of Beauty. However, before his health began to fail, he worked for Lockhart Security.
He accepted Christ at an early age. He was a former member of Union Baptist Church where he was a faithful and devoted God-fearing man with wisdom and knowledge. In the 1970's, he was ordained as a Deacon under the leadership of the late Rev. William H. Arnold and later served under Elder James H. Chester, Orthodox Zion Primitive Church of West Palm Beach for 25 years. He was presently a member and Deacon of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Erick Evans, Sr.
He was a member of the International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star; Illustrious Frank Byrd, Jr. 33° served as Worshipful Master for Coleman Lodge #29, Worthy Patron over Ann King Chapter #77; West Palm Peach City Joint Council President from West Palm to Boynton, District Master over District 7; Grand Eminent Commander, Past Grand Master Eminent Commander, President - Exalted Degree Council, Commander and Chief over 32° Degree Council and he was President of the Supreme Bowling. When he wasn't traveling around the United States with the Masonic Order, he loved to go to Sam's Club where he was known as John 3:16 by his friends and workers of Sam's Club. In his personal time, he often played golf and bowled before his health started failing him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving, devoted and caring wife of 31 years, Anne Byrd; three Daughters - Tonie (Edwin), Patricia (Rufus), and Antoinette (Sammy); four Sons - Demetrich, Sr. (Barbara), Terrance (Frankie), Jay (Siera), and Sean; 15 Grandchildren - Torrance (Nafeecah), Lena (Myron), Franklin (Nicole), Vivian, Comiche, Tre'Von, Diamond, Aysia, Jaylyn, Miriah, Ciera, Demetrich, Jr. (Yolanda), Jasmine, Nakia, Rufus; 17 Great-Grandchildren - Demeatria, Giovanni, Shaquria, Shanoria, Nehemiah, Jameria, Jasmine, Jade, Armonie, Aluria, Jamiya, Seth, Ja'Davious, Josh, Deauj'ha, NaLani, Ja'Tavious; three Sisters - Katrine, Shirley (Armando), Pearl;, Sister in laws - Cora, Earlene, Mary, Margie; Brother in laws - George, John A., John L.; Extended Family - Deidre, Gwen (Gregg); Fellow Golfers, Masonic Brothers; Godchildren - Juanita (Saul), Aimee (Daryl), Jeremiah, Cedrick, Louis (Selena); and Special Thanks to Dr. Jack Waterman & Associates, Atlantic Kidney Center, Orthodox Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Emmanuel Missionary Church, Roanoke Missionary Baptist Church, International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star as well as a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his Grand daughter, ToKesha White.