Services for Deacon James Willie Byrd, a retired supermarket department manager who had also worked as a barber and a welder, will be held at 7 p.m. today at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.
Mr. Byrd, who was 75 and lived on North Bentalou Street, died Friday at Bon Secours Hospital after a heart attack.
He had retired this year as a seafood department manager in a Super Pride store and had earlier held the same position in a Pantry Pride store.
Shortly before World War II, he worked as a welder at the Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard. After the war, he operated his own barbershop at Saratoga and Smallwood streets for a time.
A native of Winnsboro, S.C., Mr. Byrd became a member of the Blackjack Baptist Church there as a child and was a graduate of a South Carolina high school.
After moving to Baltimore in 1940, he became a member of the Mount Hebron Baptist Church, where he was an usher, a trustee and church secretary.
In 1970 he joined the New Shiloh Baptist Church, where he served as an usher and was ordained as a deacon.
Known to many as J. W., he also was a member of the Hiram Grand Lodge of the Masons and of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He worked as a volunteer in NAACP voter-registration drives.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mamie Kennedy; five brothers, Leon and Robert Byrd, both of Philadelphia, John and Lindsey Byrd, both of Baltimore, and the Rev. Isaiah Byrd of Winnsboro; two sisters, Nannie B. Martin and Patsy Byrd, both of Philadelphia; and many nieces and nephews.