Junior Byard (Encil Ray), 68, of Plum Run Community, Mannington, passed away on Monday (Oct. 30, 2017) at Fairmont Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with numerous health issues.
He was the son of the late Encil Ray and Florence (Stoneking) Byard. Junior was born Sept. 9, 1949 in Fairmont. He attended Mannington High School, worked at Hermosilla's Men Shop in Mannington, Standard Furniture in Fairmont and JoAnne Mine in Rachel until its closure in 1984. He then became a self-employed truck driver and auctioneer until he returned to Federal II Mine and retired in 2001.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Sharon (Fluharty) Byard, whom he married April 29, 1967; two daughters, Kathy (Mark) Angelucci and Barbara (Dave) Ware, both of Farmington; one son, Chuck Byard of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Josh (Faith) Price, Jake Price, Marlee Angelucci, Lane Byard, Logan White, Brianna and Jaden Ware; one great-granddaughter, Karmendi; a sister, Mary Freeland of Fairmont; a brother, Jim (Wanda) Byard of Mannington; sisters-in-law, Linda (Jim) Hyde of Enterprise, Sandy (Dallas) Heldreth of Flat Run, Lorna Toothman and fiancé Dave Chappell, Donna Fluharty and Cathy Fluharty; brother-in-law, Roger (Mary) Fluharty, all of Plum Run; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert Byard; in-laws, Joseph and Helen (Haught) Fluharty; and brothers-in-law, Ernest Freeland, Alan and Randy Fluharty and Stanley Toothman.
Junior was a member of the Monongalia Baptist Church of Plum Run and enjoyed his family, farming and his dog Buddy.
A very special thank you goes out to all of the wonderful nurses in the Fairmont Regional Medical Center ICU and his special nurse, Becky Wade.
Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Reverend Richard Fluharty officiating. His final resting place will be at the Fluharty Cemetery on Plum Run.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mastersfuneralhomewv.com.
Published on October 31, 2017