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Stephen Michael Byrd


CARBONDALE — Stephen Michael Byrd, 47, of Springfield, passed away March 6, 2018, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 3, 1970, in Tarrant County, Texas, to Michael and Mary Reed Byrd.

Stephen married Kelly L. Cook in Las Vegas on June 25, 2003, and she survives.

Mr. Byrd is also survived by his son, Benjamin Byrd of Springfield; mother, Mary (Gary) LeMay of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; sister, Stefanie Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Aaron LeMay of Seattle, Washington; and uncle, Jim Byrd and niece, Katy Simpson, both of Fort Worth, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Stephen was a drummer for 27 years in the Carbondale area, playing with several bands, including The Silver Tongue Devils, AD/CB and Mothervaudville. He met his future wife Kelly at PK’s in Carbondale while playing with Fink Ployd. Stephen loved to hike in the Shawnee National Forest, attend concerts and go fishing. He enjoyed playing soccer with his son and going to Chuck E. Cheese's. Stephen was known for his “long political rants” and many Facebook debates.

A memorial gathering will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at PK’s Bar, 308 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901.

Memorials may be made to the Native American Rites Fund,, and please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at

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