Janice Michelle Cotten Byrd, 54, of Gautier, MS passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at her residence. Visitation was Saturday, December 29, 2012, from 1 – 3 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral services followed at 3 PM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, MS with Bro. Sammy Crawford officiating. Interment was in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing. Mrs. Byrd was born March 16, 1958, in Laurel, MS to the late Jessie James and Mallie Agnes Morris Cotten. She was a resident of Columbus, MS for the past 25 years. Mrs. Byrd was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS, where she was involved in activities, especially with the youth. She also helped with catering at Table of Plenty. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Byrd was preceded in death by her husband – James Neal Byrd. Mrs. Byrd is survived by her daughter – Katelin Byrd, Columbus, MS; brothers – Jimmy Dale (Michele) Cotten, Gautier, MS and Tommy Cotten, Laurel, MS. Pallbearers were Jay King, Brady King, Louis Sharp, Kevin Cole, Shane Oglesby, and Phil Walker. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213 or Home of Grace, 7112 Home of Grace Drive, Gautier, MS 39553.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on December 31, 2012
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