Howard Clinton “Clint” Byrd, age 92 of Hendersonville, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Carolina Village Medical Center. He was born in Crawford County, Indiana; the second son of the late Howard Ray Byrd and Lela Batman Byrd. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Randall Clin…read more
Howard Clinton “Clint” Byrd, age 92 of Hendersonville, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Carolina Village Medical Center. He was born in Crawford County, Indiana; the second son of the late Howard Ray Byrd and Lela Batman Byrd. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Randall Clinton; two brothers, Clifford H. Byrd and James A. Allen; and by his son-in-law, Chase Van Valkenburg.
He attended one-room schoolhouses in Southern Indiana and graduated in 1943 from English Indiana High School. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1943 as an Aviation Cadet, was trained as a bombardier and navigator on B-24’s and served until the war ended. After leaving active duty, he continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1966. He attended Indiana University where he received both a BS in Business and an MBA in Market Research. There he met his future wife, Mary Ann Houck, and they were married in 1949.
After graduation, he worked for several companies in the area of market research before eventually joining Continental Can Company where he remained for 33 years until retirement. The last fifteen years he worked primarily for the overseas division setting up joint ventures with foreign companies, especially in the Asia-Pacific area. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Hendersonville where they lived for 22 years in Beaumont Estates before moving to Carolina Village in 2008. Before coming to Hendersonville, Clint had been active in the Chicago area as Advancement Chairman in the West Suburban Council of Boys Scouts of America. He was also a charter member of the Ernie Pyle American Legion Post in Bloomington, Indiana and the Masonic Order in Jonesboro, Indiana. In Hendersonville, he was active as a volunteer in preservation at Connemara, the Sandburg National Historic Site and also in numerous capacities with the Friends of the Library. He was a member of the Congregational denomination for many years and served actively in churches in Illinois and Connecticut before joining First Congregational Church in Hendersonville. In 2014, he became a member of First United Methodist Church. For recreation, Clint and Mary Ann were active in the Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club for more than twenty years. He and his wife enjoyed camping, hiking and traveling and they pursued these interests during their retirement attending over 60 Elderhostel Programs in this country and abroad. With his work and his retirement travel, Clint has been on every continent except Antarctica.
Clint and his wife raised four children. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Byrd; three children, Kathryn Van Valkenburg of Marietta, GA, Kendall Wayne Byrd and his wife, Mary Beth of Perrysburg, OH and Rendell C. Byrd and his wife, Stephanie of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren, Randy Van Valkenburg and Lucy Van Valkenburg of Marietta, GA, Fran Van Valkenburg of Lexington, VA, Elizabeth Byrd and Emily Byrd of Perrysburg, OH, Bryant Byrd of Gunnison, CO and Connie Burton and her husband, John of Katy, TX; one great-grandchild, Lydia C. Burton; his youngest brother, Laverne Allen and his wife, Judy of Crawford Co. IN; niece, Kimberly Albee Bryant and her husband, Gary of Forrest City, AR, she has always been a part of the Byrd family. She has two sons, Thomas Bryant of Tyler, TX and Louis Bryant of Jonesboro, AR.
Burial will be in Indiana; arrangements for a memorial service in June will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Clint’s memory be directed to the Carolina Village Endowment Fund, 600 Carolina Village Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.