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Updated: 04/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Mack R. Byrd

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Mack R. “Mr. Mack” Byrd, 88, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014.

He was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Watauga County, N.C.

Mack was proud to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, receiving the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Silver Star; three Bronze Stars with the Asiatic Pacific Theater; two Overseas Service Bars; a Good Conduct Medal; and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was General Manager in the textile industry for 42 years. Mack and his loving wife Ann moved to Punta Gorda in 1988 from Macon, Ga. He changed careers and enjoyed working at Publix as front-end service personnel for 18 years. Mack was a member of the American Legion and the Moose, and loved golf. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Mount Holly, N.C.

Mack is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ann; daughters, Beverly (Robert) Borders of Shelby, N.C., Deann Byrd of South Boston, Va., and Tammy (San) Wong of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren, Will Borders and Drake Wong; and one great-granddaughter, Willow Grace Borders. He was preceded in death by first wife, Willie Fox.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Mount Ephraim Baptist Church, 2865 S.W. County Rd 661, Arcadia, Fla.

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