Annie Liza (Wilkerson) Byrd’s life began on March 20, 1922 in Candler County, Georgia. She was one of nine children born to the late Realia (Culbreath) Wilkerson and Shepherd Wilkerson. All of her siblings preceded her in death.
A TIME TO SERVE: Annie Liza accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. She joined her family church with her Mother. She later moved her membership to Sam’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Metter, Georgia.
A TIME TO LIVE: Annie Liza attended the public schools of Candler County. After completing her education, she helped her family with the many household and farming chores. With a great love for cooking and sewing, she worked diligently to provide for her family. She worked at Brooks Restaurant for many years; she was such of a good cook they hated to see her leave. Annie took great pleasure in helping people in her community; she was always willing to do whatever she could to assist others.
A TIME TO LOVE: She met and fell in love with L.C. Byrd. He was the love of her life. They were united in holy matrimony on May 31, 1941. To this union five children was born, Annie Lois, Vertie Mae, Emmitt, Realia, and Marilyn. After 72 years of marriage, on July 15, 2013, her beloved husband, L.C. passed away. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Vertie Mae Byrd.
TIME TO REST: On Saturday morning, July 20, 2019, the Lord whispered to her and said, “My good and faithful servant, it is your time to come home with Me and take your rest. You fought a good fight; you have finished your race.”
A TIME TO MOURN: She leaves to cherish her loving memories, one son and daughter-in-law, Emmitt and Stephanie Byrd, Metter, GA; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Annie Lois and Ivie Danzey, Columbia, AL, Realia Mae Byrd, Linden, NJ, Marilyn and Larry Smith, Metter, GA; two sisters-in-law, Nora V. Mells, Poinciana, FL and Josephine Byrd, Metter, GA; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one great, great grandson and a host of sorrowing nieces, nephews, relatives and loving friends.