Alfred Dean Byrd
Funeral Time: Saturday, March 19th at 11:00AM
Alfred Dean Byrd, age 67 of Lexington, beloved husband of Anna Katrina Byrd, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 10, 2022. He was born July 14, 1954 in Detroit, MI, a son of the late Dorsa Wilson and Nell Peyton Wells Byrd.
Al was a microbiologist at the University of Kentucky for the last 35 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his postgraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.
Additionally, Al was a writer and a poet. He authored roughly twenty books in addition to numerous poems and short stories. One of his favorite writing memories took place in the ice storm of 2003, when he surrounded himself with candles after a power outage and wrote “Through the Gate of Horn” by hand.
Al has held many accomplishments such as National Merit Scholar, Honorary Kentucky Colonel, and Sunday School teacher. As a youth, he ran cross-country. He participated in the church choir, yet also sang as a soloist tenor.
He was an enthusiast of history, science fiction and fantasy, and theology. He was fluent in Spanish and French, and could decipher Latin, Biblical Greek and Hebrew, and Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. His wife fondly remembers him starting the day with devotions which included him reading the Spanish Bible out loud. Yet, he was a simple man who employed witty remarks and enjoyed writing (most certainly), reading, watching TV and movies, visiting historical sites, and taking his wife out on scenic drives and snow day walks.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Elizabeth, Jack and Fran. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Hancock officiating. Memorials are suggested to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1409 Versailles Rd., Lexington, KY 40504.
A loving husband, devoted son and brother, cherished uncle and in-law, amazing friend, knowledgeable teacher, talented author and poet, and bright scholar, Al will never be forgotten.
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”