Valdosta Daily Times

February 28, 2013

Robert Eugene Byington Sr.

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Robert Eugene Byington Sr., 72, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at his home in Valdosta.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Beggs Funeral Home with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 1 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel.

He was born In Micanopy and moved to Madison before moving to Valdosta in 1987. He was a blue grass musician and played the banjo with the “Georgia Five,” and worked as a deputy at the Madison Police Department and as a Florida State Trooper. He was a retired engineer from Norfolk Southern Railway.   

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Byington of Valdosta; two Sons, Robert E Byington Jr. (Michelle) of Valdosta, and Russell “Rusty” Byington (Deborah) of Lake Park; two stepsons, Aaron Sparks (Carrie) of Valdosta, and Shawn Chabot (Jamilyn) of Pennsylvania,; one daughter, Jeri O’Halloran of Valdosta; one step-daughter, Adrienne Sparks of Valdosta; two brothers, Roger Byington (Loretta), and Barney “Jr” Byington (Wanda), both of Greenville; one sister, Bootsie Cone (Jim) of Greenville; 17 grandchildren, four great Grandchildren and two Great great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge at 2121 Southwest 16th Street, Gainesville, Fla. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 850-973-2258. — Beggs Funeral Home.