Deacon James Willie Byrd, a retired supermarket department manager who had also worked as a barber and a welder, died Friday at Bon Secours Hospital after a heart attack. He was 75 and lived on North Bentalou Street.
Services for Mr. Byrd were being held tonight at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.
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.
A native of Winnsboro, S.C., Mr. Byrd became a member of Blackjack Baptist Church there as a child and was a graduate of a South Carolina high school.