Thomas Swayne Byrd, 79, of Charleston, Mo., died May 5.
Mr. Byrd attended the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois before receiving his degree in architecture in 1958 from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Lee Potter Smith architectural firm in Paducah before starting Thomas Swayne Byrd Architect in Sikeston, Mo. He also served as the chairman of the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and was a patron of the arts in both Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Paducah. He was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Sikeston.
He is survived by one brother, Hugh Hunter Byrd, and two nephews, Hudson Thomas Byrd and Nelson Meriwether Byrd, all of Charleston. His parents were Thomas Albert Byrd and Helen Swayne Byrd.
Visitation will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013, at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
A service is planned at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Sikeston. Committal rites will be held at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Charleston. Entombment will follow in the Byrd Family Mausoleum. A gathering in remembrance of his life will follow at the United Methodist Church in Charleston.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to The Webb School, 319 Webb Road East, Bell Buckle, TN 37020; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1010 N. Main St., Sikeston, MO 63834, or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 611 Church St., Hickman, KY 42050.