John Wayne Byrd, 63, tax law specialist

March 24, 2003

John Wayne Byrd, a tax specialist who enjoyed a variety of hobbies that spanned from fishing to being a fan of singer Jimmy Buffett, died March 17 of cancer at his home in Columbia. He was 63.

Mr. Byrd was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and moved with his family to Anne Arundel County. He graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1958 and from the University of Maryland in 1962.

After graduation, Mr. Byrd worked as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service in Washington until 1971. He left government service and worked for Price Waterhouse in Charlotte, N.C., and Columbia, S.C., until 1975.

He moved to Columbia, Md., in 1977 and worked as a private certified public accountant on tax issues. Mr. Byrd also was a tax instructor at Howard Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, the Community College of Baltimore County and University of Maryland.

"He was interested in such a variety of so many different things," said Marylea Walker Byrd of Columbia, his wife of 32 years. "He had a life full of pursuits that kept him happy."

Mr. Byrd was state chairman of the Recreational Fishing Alliance and vice president of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association.

He carved and collected decoys, enjoyed railroading history and model trains, and was a proud "Parrot Head," the name given to followers of musician Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle he personifies.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Andrews of Hampstead and Mary Kathleen Byrd of Columbia; two sons, Kelly Glen Byrd and Edwin Lee Byrd II, both of Denton; his mother, Kathleen Coston Byrd of Severna Park; two sisters, Priscilla Byrd Simpkins of Greenville, Tenn., and Jo Carol Byrd Schmidt of Severna Park; and seven grandchildren.

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