On Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 Coy Edward Byrum Jr., Son, Husband, Father, Pa and Great Pa passed away at the age of 72 to go to be with our Lord and Savior. Coy was born on December 5th, 1948 to Coy Edward Byrum Sr. and Nola K. Byrum in Clarkton, Missouri. The family moved to California when Coy was six where he had the same childhood as any other kid while idealizing John Wayne and The Lone Ranger.
Being the son of a Merchant Marine; Coy joined the Navy in 1967 after graduating from Downey High School. During his time in the Navy Coy served as a gunners mate on the USS Cacapon and after two tours in Vietnam he came back home to Downey.
It was while he was attending a high school football game that he met the love of his life, Sherrie Lynn Smith. It was on April, 8th 1972 that the two married in Las Vegas at the Little White Chapel and of course was married by Elvis. In 1982 after multiple moves, the couple decided to permanently reside in Tennessee along with their three children, Amber, April and Joshua.
In 1999, Coy became a Paw Paw for the first time and in total he had eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Coy never wasted a moment to make sure friends, family and strangers knew that his greatest joys in life were his family and especially grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 48 years, Sherrie of Norene, Tennessee; Daughter and son-in-law Amber and Richard Gharing of Christiana, Tennessee; Daughter April Byrum of Norene, Tennessee; Son Joshua Byrum of La Vergne, Tennessee; grandchildren Trenton, Amerly, Tucker, Caden, Olivia, Liam, Eden and Isaiah; great granddaughter Maggie and brother James Byrum. Also his Mother-in-law Evelyn Smith who he helped take care of and cherished like his own mother.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ethel Sanders and Eva Daugherty and brother John A. Byrum.
The family would like to thank the Alive Hospice and especially nurses Chelsea and Olivia (Livie) who were there for the family and the support they gave to us.