Gordon Milton Byram, 95, of Stafford County died peacefully on Saturday evening, April 10, 2010 at Hughes Home in Fredericksburg.
Mr. Byram was the only child of the late Charles and Bessie Byram. He owned and operated Byramï¿½s Market at Mountain View in Stafford County with his wife of 35 years and was a salesman for Oscar Tate Buick/Pontiac. He was the first fire chief at Mountain View Fire Department and charter member of Stafford Lions Club. Mr. Byram was the oldest member of the Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4 A.F.& A.M. He was also a Shriner and a member of the Grotto. He was the oldest member of Ramoth Baptist Church in Stafford. Mr Byram had also served on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Byram, who passed away on April 14, 2009. They were married for nearly 72 years. He is also preceded in death by his grandson, Robert Gordon Byram.
Survivors include his son, Claude Byram and his wife, Nancy; granddaughter, Carolynn Nesmith and her husband, Scott; and two great-granddaughters, Jennifer and Jessica Barger.
A service will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 14 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with Rev. Brent Vickery officiating. Burial will follow in Ramoth Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim Self, Les Wood, Ferris Belman, Darrell Ferrell, Rudy Griffith, and Fred Henshaw. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Mountain View Fire Dept. and Mountain View Rescue Squad.
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407; Ramoth Baptist Church Cemetery Fund 478 Ramoth Church Road Stafford, VA 22554 or Mountain View Volunteer Fire Dept. Box 2528 Stafford, VA 22555 or to the Mountain View Volunteer Rescue Squad 1268 Mountain View Road Falmouth, VA 22406.