2023ObituariesJohn Preston “Big John” Byrd

June 12, 2023by SealeUser4
Byrd, John

May 4, 1966 – June 11, 2023

A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend went to his eternal home on Sunday, June 11, 2023. He was 57 years old and a proud graduate of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, in 1984. John was an avid fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and anything that pertained to science but he especially loved trains and spending time with his family and friends. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his mother, Dorothy Byrd; his wife of 20 years, Yolanda Byrd; daughter, Marguerite; two sons, Robert and David and wife Savannah; grandson, River; two sisters, Debbie Cormier and husband Brent, Angela Kaplan and husband Mitch; two nieces, Natasha, Alexis; three nephews, Erik, Garrett and Cooper and numerous great nieces, nephews and many friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Honorary pallbearers are, Robert Rodriguez, David Rodriguez, Erik Peatross, Garrett Kaplan, Cooper Cormier, Karl Begnaud and Elvist Tabor, Jr. He was preceded in death by his father, John Monroe Byrd and his uncle, Doyle Byrd. Services will take place at Istrouma Baptist Church in the student building on August 19, 2023 from 10 AM-12 PM with memorial service starting at 12 PM. Please wear anything green or a star wars shirt if planning to attend the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Cat Haven, 11130 N. Harrells Ferry Rd. Baton Rouge, LA 70816. Condolences may be offered at www.sealefuneral.com




  • Michael Mack

    June 17, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    I’m sorry hearing about his passing. I’ve enjoyed his company when he came to church and his Facebook posts. He was great guy to me and others since I met him before my parents enrolled me into primary education school at LSSD (renamed to LSD).

    Choo. Chug. Chuff.


  • Michele Peatross

    June 14, 2023 at 6:42 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew John since he was 19 years old and he was the best man at my wedding to his ex brother in law Earl Peatross Jr. John was a great man that words can’t say enough about him. I will definitely miss him!!! He always had a smile on his face and he will definitely be missed! Fly high John say hello to everyone for me. Love you forever my friend.


  • Yolanda Byrd

    June 13, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you so much, Eric. Your friendship has always been cherished.


  • Eric Chauvin

    June 13, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was truly a kind soul. It was a pleasure to have known him.
    I’ll be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.


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