LaVerne S. (Summerlin) Byrd

November 27, 1922 ~ May 19, 2020 (age 97)


LaVerne Summerlin Byrd was 97 when she passed quietly in her sleep to be with the Lord on May 19. LaVerne was born in Marshall, TX on November 27, 1922. She graduated from Marshall High School and was a graduate of St Mary’s Business School. She was married for 61 years to James W Byrd who passed away in 2004. She stayed in her home in Marshall TX until age 90 then moved to Longview to be closer to family.

Surviving her is her sons Jim Byrd and Diane of Longview and Richard Byrd and Patricia of Plano. There are four grandchildren Ryan Byrd of Lewisville, Patrick Byrd and Kendall of Fort Worth, Lauren Byrd Gipner and Colin of Longview and Scott Byrd of Dallas. She had 2 great grandchildren Annabelle James Byrd of Fort Worth and Ellie Marie Gipner of Longview. LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband and parents William G Summerlin and Blannie McCain Summerlin as well as her brothers Frank Summerlin and Granville Summerlin.

The Summerlin family came to Texas first in 1834 when A Spain Summerlin age 17 came to San Augustine TX. In 1836 he joined Davy Crockett and died at the Alamo. As a result, his heirs were entitled to receive a land grant. In 1860 they received a section of land in Cass Co where her father was raised.

Laverne was a stay at home mom until her kids started school then she went back to work as a bookkeeper for United Insurance in Marshall where she retired in 1985.
LaVerne’s health had slowly deteriorated over the last several years and she has been ready to go see Jesus and be with JW and her mother. Laverne’s love for the Lord was never in doubt.
A private family only service will be held on May 30th at Welch Chapel at 1pm due to current health concerns.

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Memorials can be made to United Way of Longview or the Whispering Pines Activity Fund, 2131 Alpine Rd, Longview, Tx 75601.

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