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Rocky B. Byrd

May 6, 2020


Rocky B. Byrd, 66, passed away Wednesday morning, May 6, 2020 at his Yulee residence.

Rocky was born in Jesup, GA and moved to Yulee as a child with his family.  He was a member of the 1971 graduating class of Fernandina Beach High School.  He retired from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville last year. Rocky believed and claimed his salvation in Jesus Crist.

He loved music and was a talented musician and songwriter.  He played drums, guitar and bass and for many years performed with Dink Thornton and the Stateliners. He also loved golf and fishing.  Most of all Rocky was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was predeceased by his parents, J. L. and Iva “Ike” Byrd.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 48 years, Valerie Byrd of Yulee, FL; two daughters and sons in law, Kacey and Andy King of Jacksonville, FL and Erica and Scott Knowles of Yulee; his brother and sister in law, Gary L. and Barbara Byrd, also of Yulee; 5 grandchildren, Blaine Kilpatrick (Anna), Shaina King, Brett Kilpatrick (Kayleigh), Taylor Ritter and Stan Knowles; four great grandchildren, Elenie, Gunner, Kyler and Skylynne; and an uncle, James Byrd; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

A Celebration of Life for Rocky will be held August 1, at a location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to either the Nassau Humane Society ( or Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services 2020 Forest St., Jacksonville, FL 32204.

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Nassau County Humane Society

Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services
2020 Forest St., Jacksonville FL 32204

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