Rossville Press Rossville, IL.
Rev. Levi Byrd, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Reuben Byrd was born in Montgomery
County, Ind. Oct. 29, 1845 and died at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Nellie Hickman near Woodland, Ill. Sept. 8, 1924, after months
of suffering which he bore with patience, at the age of 78 years
10 months and 10 days. He was united in marriage to Prudence Surface,
Mar. 16, 1875. To this union eight children were born, four sons
and four daughters, two sons dying in infancy, two daughters, Mrs.
Mary A. Rothenberger, Mrs. Emily E. Phelps and his dear companion
having preceded him in death. Brother Byrd began teaching school
at the age of 23, and taught successfully for a period of five years,
in Montgomery and Warren Counties, Indiana. He was converted at
the age of 17, and united with the M. E. Church. Later he with his
wife joined the United Brethren Church. Feeling his call to the
ministry and after due preparation he received annual conference
license to preach the Gospel by the upper Wabash conference, held
at Veedersburg, Indiana in 1883, Bishop J. Weaver presiding. Three
years later he was ordained to elder orders by Bishop E. B. Kephart
at an annual conference held at Mt. Zion Church, Montgomery County,
Indiana, and continued for a period of 28 years. He was a safe and
sane preacher of the word and God used him graciously as an instrument
in His hands in leading many souls to Christ, and into the Church.
On Sept. 23, 1908 he with him family located in Rossville, Ill.
and was a member of the United Brethren Church of this city at the
time of his death. He leaves to mourn, Lydia E. Allman, of Clio,
Michigan, Nellie A. Hickman, of Woodland, Illinois, Chas. R. of
Detroit, Michigan, Leslie of Cleveland, Ohio, one sister, Mrs. Jane
Remeley of Darlington, Ill, ten grand children four great grand
children, and a host of friends. The funeral services was conducted
by Rev. J. L. Pellum. assisted by D. C. Ade, Wednesday forenoon.
Interment was made in the local cemetery. The pall bearers were
M. E. Scarlett Perry Buckner, N. J. Smith, George Ray Bert Redman
and D. C. Ade.
Created: Jul 13, 2009