Marie B. Byers

May 22, 2014

1934 — 2014

CANTON – Marie Best Byers, 80, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital.

A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Estella Worley Best. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, J.R. and Carroll Best. Marie was a member of Clyde First Baptist Church and was president of the Truthseekers Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Pisgah Camping Club and a long time member of the White Oak and Pisgah Cloggers. She was truly a "Proverbs 31 woman" — “Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.” Proverbs 31:28.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joseph Lee Byers; one daughter, Rinda B. Green, and her husband, Lee, of Clyde; one son, Joe Byers Jr., of Inman, South Carolina; two sisters, Frances Cook, and her husband, Bill, and Bobbie King, and her husband, Doyle, all of Canton; four grandchildren, Eli Byers, Lindsay Wertz, Benjamin Green, and his wife, Samantha, and Hayden Green; and two great-grandchildren, Andrew Wertz and Kendall Green.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with her grandson, Mr. Hayden Green officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. The family will be celebrating Marie’s life by receiving friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening, at the family home, 33 Byers Den Drive, Clyde.

Memorials may be made to Haywood Community College Foundation for Lifeworks.  Please make checks payable to HCC Foundation, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC  28721.

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