Joe Byers

Joe Thomas Byers

Friday, December 27th, 1946 - Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Bishop Joe Thomas Byers Sr ,son of the late Lizzie Mae Byers and late Thomas Wesley Byers, was born on December 27, 1946 in Iredell County, N.C. He entered into eternal peace on Friday, January 1, 2021 at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, NC.

Bishop Joe Thomas Byers Sr. graduated from Unity High School in 1964 after advancing 2 grades in one year. Bishop owned and operated his own custodial business, Byers Custodial Services for several years. He retired from the Iredell Statesville School System after 30 years of service. He also worked for Blanton and Moore Inc in Troutman, N.C. Bishop Joe Thomas Byers was the Presiding Elder of Faith Deliverance for Jesus where he served for 23 years.

He was united in marriage to Overseer Doctor Virginia Byers for 55 years. His favorite hobbies included watching WWE, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza. He unofficially served as Neighborhood Watch for the entire city of Statesville! Whenever you heard the vroom of his black Ford F-150, you could be sure Bishop Byers was surveying the area!
In addition to his parents, Bishop Byers was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Lee Byers, and a grandson, J.T. Byers.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life his wife, Overseer Doctor Virginia Byers of the home; four daughters, Victoria (Keith) Phifer of Mooresville, N.C., Paulette Byers, Priscilla (Kermit) Lowe, and Debbie (Harold) Borders, all of Statesville; one son, Joe Thomas Byers, Jr. of Statesville, N.C, fifteen grandchildren Crystal Byers, Monique Parson, Justan Ramsey, Andrea Hird, Josh Byers, Tanisha Reid, Christina Byers, Betrell Reid, Dante Lowe, Markeith Phifer, Rosaline Geter, Chasity Lowe, Faith Byers, Audreyana Geter, and a host of great grandchildren, one brother, Pastor J.C. Byers of Statesville N.C., three sisters, Juanita (Luke) Witherspoon of N.J., Ella (Walter) Graham and Mary Lois Walker, both of Troutman N.C; nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, Faith Deliverance for Jesus Family and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Tuesday, January 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Deliverance for Jesus. Pastor Charles Young will officiate and Bishop Wayne Brown will eulogize with burial to follow in the Iredell Memorial Park.

There will be NO PUBLIC VISITATION (WAKE), unfortunately, with the COVID-19 Virus. We, at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, along with other funeral homes across the country, have been issued a mandate to limit the number of family and/or friends at funeral services. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER THE FUNERAL WITH A FUNERAL PASS WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO THE FAMILY.

GENERAL PUBLIC VIEWING WILL BE HELD ON Monday, January 4, 2021 beginning from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and resume Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 p.m. You can also view Bishop Byer's remains virtually on-line at:, search Bishop Joe Thomas Byers Viewing.

Visit the Book of Memories for Bishop Byers at: Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Byers Family.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 1:00pm
    Faith Deliverance for Jesus
    2103 E Greenbriar Rd
    Statesville, N. C., NC 28625
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    Pastor Charles Young
    Bishop Wayne Brown
  • Interment

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 |
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
    Iredell Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    Statesville, N. C.


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Mozetta Dobbins

Posted at 08:52am
Joe Thomas I will Miss You!! Seeing Your Truck pass by my House. Thought 2021 was going to be a better Year. Not Yet. God decided to take You from Us. A decision made on another level!!!!! So many Family Members and Friends gone.Blessings, Prayers and Love to All Family. Go With God Joe. We Will Meet on the Other Side. REST IN PEACE!!!!!♥️♥️♥️

Donnetta Gabriel

Posted at 05:43pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Praying that you find strength, comfort, and peace in God.

Roxann Pegues

Posted at 12:46pm
Praying for the family and Church
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Rachel Parker Stockton

Posted at 12:11pm
To the family of Beloved Bishop Joe Thomas Byers: On behalf of the family of the late Dr. John L. and Mrs. Nevada Parker, we extend our loving heartfelt sympathy to you today. Our brother Jimmie Parker and Bishop Thomas were childhood friends. Our family share fond memories of "Joe Thomas". May God bless you.

Stephanie Bowmen

Posted at 09:51am
I just want to say that I Bishop was such example before in the Lord I remember I needed a car and I went to him and say Bishop I don't want to be taken advantage of could you help me find a car my Bishop Road the roads and looked and look how they found me something and call me said I got you something come down there and look at it and it was perfect and I thank the Lord for such a wonderful man of the Lord that took time to help each one of us in church like we were his own children you will be well missed to my overseer I love you and if you need me for anything that I can do you know I can work miracles on the phone just let me know I love you by your family all of you y'all are my family

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