October 31, 1946 ~ December 28, 2020

Born in: Monroe, LA
Resided in: Riverdale, GA

Marva Louise Byrd was called home Monday, December 29, 2020 at the age of 74.

Marva was born on October 31st, 1946 in Monroe, Louisiana to the late Timothy and Lillie McCormick. She was the eldest of 2, brother Michael McCormick. She graduated from Woolford Academy Beauty School in 1973. She was a loving mother of 5 children (3 daughters and 2 sons). While in NY, she met her husband, Timothy Byrd (Deceased) before moving Rockford, IL. After the passing of her late husband, she moved to Stone Mountain, GA to be with her family.

Anyone who met Marva knew that she was passionate about the teachings of Minister Louis Farrakhan and Malcom X which influenced her strong Muslim faith. She was an activist for the black community and fought for civil rights. She served in the Muslim Mosque in upstate NY, attended the March on Washington in the 1960’s and most recently served her community by helping at the Atlanta Mission for women. Her passion for her culture and community was noticed in her love for Egyptian artifacts, paintings, and her favorite statue being the King Tut. She also loved to wear her African print dashikis and turbans.

Marva was known for her infectious laugh and her brutally honest candor. Although she was known to “speak her mind”, this did not change her genuineness and kind heart. Marva was the MATRIARCH of her family. She was a warm light of creativity with eyes that would sparkle whenever she talked about her grandchildren.

Proceeding her in death is her late husband, Timothy L. Byrd. Her brother Michael W. McCormick and her daughter Aisha Robertson. She is survived by 4 adult children Aziz Munir, Sheila White (Harry), Ameer Robertson and Chanthina Gordon. Grandchildren: Jessica Robertson, Jamel Robertson (Shiana), Lateesha Hart, Jeremy White, Jibrael Robertson, Immanuel Robertson, Tymarrah Gordon, Nor Robertson and Constantine Robertson. Great Grand Children: Malik Robertson, Jeremiah Robertson and Londyn Robertson. Nieces: Keisha McCormick and Mia McCormick. Nephews: Michael McCormick and Seneca Modest. Cousin: Shyrl D McCormick.

Marva Louise Byrd will be missed by family, friends and everyone she encountered in her life.

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  1. CandleImageGrandma you will truly be missed. Thank you for the laughter and great conversations of knowledge and wisdom. Love you all way your granddaughter and great grandson (Rockstar)

  2. Dear 1st Cousin, Marva, Luv Ya & Miss Ya. “McC” forever!!!!! You were the last of the NY family to call me “Denise”

  3. CandleImage“As the sun sets, let heart’s not be troubled. For grief is the process towards peace. You cry no more; tears are wiped away, pain is forgotten, and smiles abounded on those whom you loved. A mother is queen, a daughter is adorned, a grandmother is comfort, and her presence is joy. We cry for what is now not home-and we celebrate for who she was. A prayer for comfort a smile for her grace.” ~Ad’zaiuy Bethuy

    God Bless you Aunt Marva thank you for the little things.

    Seneca Modest

  4. CandleImageMy Sincere Condolences Goes Out To You & Your Family & Love Ones. Your Mother Was Such An Extraordinary Woman, Who Will Be Greatly Missed. I Will Always Remember Her Infectious Smile. Her Witty Sense Of Humor, & Her Joyful Spirit, We Ran Into Each Other In Town. It Was My Pleasure & Honor, Knowing Her . And My Heart, Will Forever Be Eternally Grateful,As Calling Your Family As My Own.

  5. CandleImageMiss bird you will be missed you were one of my best friends a dead loved one I will miss you rest in peace and in heaven you’re with the father love you and miss you Jesus name I love you amen

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