Emmanuel F. Byrd, a cabinet maker, died on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. He was 65.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1954, in Philadelphia to the late Roy and Madeline Byrd. He was the youngest of two children.
He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. In 1972, he graduated from Thomas Edison High School. Byrd loved working on used cars, so he enrolled in an auto repair program and graduated from automotive school with a degree in automotive technology training.
In the 1970s he worked as a cabinet maker and then went to work for his uncle doing odd jobs using his cabinet making and carpentry skills.
He had two sons in the 1960s and 1970s.
In the 1980s he met and married Daria Murphy. From this union came his third child.
As a child, he loved playing sports, especially with his brother Leroy. His family said he could play all sports but was better at basketball. “When playing competitively, every team wanted Emmanuel on their side,” his family said in a tribute. “He was always chosen over his brother Leroy because he had skills, he was a ball handler. He could dribble and score.” His brother Leroy didn’t mind as long as he was on the same team as him, the family said.
“Emmanuel and his brother were inseparable,” the tribute said. They rode their bikes all over the city. His brother started a boys club, and he was his first member. They were also Cub Scouts.
“Emmanuel loved his family, especially his grandma Esta and his aunt Ethel,” and enjoyed going to their house for the holidays. They both preceded him in death.
His proudest achievement in life was accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by: his children, Eugene, Raymond and Shawn, and other family and friends.
Services were held on Dec. 19 at Davis Temple Baptist Church, 2261 N Franklin St.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.