Ethel Marie Savage
- Born: 1901, Nansemond Co., VA
- Marriage: Joseph Mallie Byrd Sr
- Died: 25 Dec 1999 at age 98
- Buried: Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery, Suffolk, VA
Ethel Savage BYRD was born in 1901 in Suffolk, Nansemond Co, Virginia. She died on 25 Dec 1999 in Portsmouth, Norfolk Co, Virginia. Virginian Pilot, Monday, December 27, 1999
SUFFOLK -- Ethel Savage Byrd, 98, a native of Nansemond County, Suffolk, died Dec. 25, 1999, at Beverly Manor of Portsmouth. She was the widow of Joseph Mallie Byrd Sr. and daughter of the late Thomas Upton Savage and Mary Ann ``Mollie'' Benton Savage. She was a devout Christian, a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, homemaker and a lifelong active member of Bethlehem Christian Church UCC, Holland Road. She was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Ladies Star Class for 60 years. She was a charter member and officer of the W.W. Staley Missionary Circle, a pianist and charter member of the Bethlehem Fellowship Club. She was a choir member and leader, and was active for many years in the youth ministry of the church. She is survived by two sons, Joseph M. Byrd Jr. and his wife, Louise, of Roxboro, N.C., and Robert L. Byrd and his wife, Mary, of Suffolk; five daughters, Evelyn Johnson Hardy, Mary B. Hedgebeth, Jean B. Powell and her husband, William, Dot B. Powell and Joyce B. Bracey and her husband, Ben, all of Suffolk; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Bethlehem Christian Church UCC Cemetery, Holland Road, by the Rev. Tommy P. Reynolds. Friends may join the family after the service at Bethlehem Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall, and other times at the residence of Jean and William Powell, 1328 Murphy's Mill Road, Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bethlehem Church Building Fund. Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Ethel married Joseph Mallie Byrd Sr. (Joseph Mallie Byrd Sr was born on 16 Jul 1891 and died on 24 Feb 1963.)