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OBITUARY: Arthur Hoyt Byrd

Arthur Hoyt Byrd, 71, of Benson passed away Friday, May 31, 2024 at UNC Health Johnston in Smithfield.

He was born on June 7, 1952 in Richmond County, a son of Earline S. Byrd and the late William Blake Byrd.

Arthur was a graduate of Hamlet High School Class of 1970. He attended Wingate University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He retired from BellSouth/ AT&T with 32 years of service in the Raleigh area. Arthur was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamlet.

Arthur always had a passion for music, art, travel, birdwatching and any museum. On retirement, Arthur and Terry traveled the extensively in the south and southwestern United States.

He was preceded in death by his father William Blake Byrd in 2015.

A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 3 p.m. at Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet with Dr. Allison Farrah officiating. Burial will follow at Richmond Co. Memorial Park.


Surviving, his wife of 47 years, Terry Brockwell Byrd of Benson; his mother Earline Byrd of Hamlet; brothers, Edwin Byrd and wife Sally of Lake Norman and Robert Byrd and wife Tammy of Hamlet; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hamlet, Renovation Project, 208 Charlotte St. Hamlet, NC 28345.

Online condolences may be made at watson-kingfuneralhome.com. Watson-King Funeral Home in Hamlet is serving the Byrd family.