Stephen Byrd, a loving father and son, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. He was 49.
He was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 22, 1970 to Joseph and Edna Taylor.
He was raised in the Philadelphia School District where he attended Germantown High School, earning his diploma. He also attended culinary and barber schools.
Byrd gave his life to Christ and became a member at Whosoever Gospel Mission. He became involved in various spiritual missions that enhanced his belief in Christ. His family said that accepting Christ guided him to become a better man, son, brother, father, uncle and friend to all that loved him.
He loved many things but most importantly his children, mother and family.
Byrd’s hobbies consisted of making gourmet meals, dancing, drawing pictures, getting dressed up, cutting hair and cracking jokes.
“His contagious energy has left a great impression on us all,” said his family in a tribute.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father, brother, Barry; cousin, Maurice and nephews, Shamari and Lawrence.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by: his children, Tymeia, Stephanie, Stephen and Deijah; grandchildren, Londyn and Elijah; siblings, Terry, Doris, Joanne, Lisa, Michelle, Ralph and Joseph; In-laws, Douglass Battle, Nekiya Byrd and Sabrina Taylor and a host of nieces nephews and friends.
Services were held on Jan. 10 at Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, 6653-75 Chew Ave.