He was born on February 27, 1955, in Salem, Arkansas, a son to the late Pasca and Ella Mae (Stark) Byrd.
Rex was a 1973 graduate of Cabool High School, Cabool, Missouri, and later attended Linn State Technical College where he received a degree in automotive.
On June 29, 1985, he was united in marriage to Lynn Vocks at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Linn. She survives of the home.
He worked 23 years for QCM in Linn and later worked at Scholastic.
Rex was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting, spending time with his family especially his new grandson, Kyler.
In addition to his wife of 31 years, he is survived by three daughters, Christine Byrd of Denver, Colorado, Elizabeth Berney and husband Joshua of Linn, and Ashley Lovell and husband Robbie of Jefferson City; his grandson, Kyler Berney; his father-in-law, Gene Vocks of Linn; as well as brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Brenda Mae Byrd; an infant brother; and his mother-in-law, Joan Vocks.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Morton Chapel in Linn. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Jay Lewis officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn.