Barbara Jean Byrd (Mason), daughter of the late Minnie Ethel Simpkins Byrd and Robert Hugh Bryd, was born on September 8th, 1941, in Edgefield, South Carolina. She departed this life after a long illness, on November 5th, 2018, at Calvary Hospital, in the Bronx, New York.
She attended the public schools in Washington, DC and New York City. Through the union of Barbara Byrd and Charles Boyd, they were blessed with a son, Dwayne Charles Boyd of Severin, Maryland. Barbara loved attending NHRA Racing, watching boxing matches, riding motorcycles and solving jigsaw puzzles.
During the early years of her life, Barbara attended Metropolitan Wesley AME Church, in Washington, DC and Ebenezer Wesley Methodist Church in New York City. After her retirement, Barbara relocated to Camden, South Carolina, where she was baptized and joined the Red Hill Baptist Church. She later became a faithful member of Malvern Hill Baptist Church.
Barbara was a faithful employee of Chase Manhattan Bank, where she retired as a loan officer in 1997. Barbara was a strong and diligent activist for Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, where she would lend her time, advice and support for women fighting Ovarian Cancer.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Bertha Doris Jackson.
Barbara leaves to mourn, her son, Dwayne Boyd of Severin, MD; a sister, Mary Katherine Cole of Camden, SC; a brother, Howard Eugene Byrd of Brooklyn, NY; her nieces and nephews, Jesse B. (Gwen) Cole, Jr., James (Cynthia) Jackson, II, Terry Jackson, Tonja Jackson and Robert Boyd and a host of other relatives and friends. She also leaves her long time companion, Willie E. Ballard, who supported and cared for her during her illness.