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Elza E. Byars

Elza E. Byars Cemetery: Panther Fork (Simmons)

ELZA E. Byars, 69, Salem, died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Salem 
Memorial Hospital in Salem. He was a retired farmer. 

Mr. Byars was born in Jefferson County on Nov. 28, 1907, the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer and Mamie (Hawkins) Byars.On June 29, 1935, 
he married Edith Burge in Marion County. She died Aug. 8, 1971. 
He married Bessie Blankenship of Feb. 27, 1972, in Salem. She 
survives. 

Mr. Byars was a member of the First Baptist Church in Salem, and 
for 24 years served as Haines Township Clerk in Marion County. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Osborn 
Funeral Home in Dix, Dr. James Baldwin of Salem, officiating. Burial 
will be in Panther Fork Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 
in Dix after 6 p.m. today. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Edgar Byars of Texico and 
Henry Byars of Opdyke; a daughter, Mrs. Lavern (Betty) Austin of Mt. 
Vernon; three brothers, John Byars and Wallace Byars, both of Texico; Dalmer 
Byars of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Icel Bandy of Iuka; Belle Bandy and Edith 
Robinson, both of Texico; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother. 

Published Tuesday May 31, 1977 - The Register-News 

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