Alma Askew Perry1

F, #23683, b. Jul 4, 1920, d. Sep 4, 2013

Chronological Events

Birth*Jul 4, 1920 Alma Askew Perry was born on Jul 4, 1920 at Gates County, North Carolina, United States.1,2 
Marriage*circa 1956 She married William Earl Byrum, son of George William Byrum and Elsie Odella Baines, circa 1956.1 
Death*Sep 4, 2013 Alma Askew Perry died on Sep 4, 2013, at age 93 at Suffolk, City of Suffolk, Virginia, United States.2 
ObituarySep 6, 2013  OBITUARY: Suffolk - Alma Askew Perry Byrum, 93, died at home Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Mrs. Byrum was born in Gates County, NC, the daughter of the late James Benjamin and Fleda Lee Askew Perry. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, William Earl Byrum, and their son, W.E. Byrum, Jr. and his wife, Rita. She was also predeceased by a brother, James Cullen Perry, and sisters Mabel Harland Perry Wiggins and Virginia Lee Perry Harrell.
Survivors include her daughter, Earleen B. Sylvia, and her husband, David, of Suffolk; a brother, Irving H. Perry and his wife, Martha Ann, of Sunbury, NC; sister-in-law, Ethel Harrell Perry of Edenton; brother-in-law, John Alden Byrum, and his wife, Virginia Mae, of Suffolk; sister-in-law, Jane Carroll Byrum of Roanoke; and Aunt Helen Askew Butler of Lakeland, FL; four grandsons, William Clayton Byrum of Carrsville, George Randall Byrum and his wife. Annie, of Williamsburg, Daniel Kirk Sylvia and his wife, Erin, of Suffolk, James Benjamin Sylvia, and his wife, Angie, of Portsmouth; and 6 great grandchildren, Hannah Kay Byrum, Ethan Perry Sylvia, Abby Nicole Sylvia, Ashley Elisabeth Sylvia, Parker Edward Sylvia and Oliver Benjamin Sylvia; many nieces and nephews; and her best friend from childhood, Elizabeth Carter Perry of Chesapeake.

Mrs. Byrum was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, and an avid seamstress. She was an active member of Magnolia United Methodist Church for 68 years (1939-2007). During that time, she was a member of the Savage Bible Class, the United Methodist Women, Chancel Choir and Prime Time Singers. Also, she was a 1937 graduate of Hobbsville High School where she was on the girls basketball team and the debating team.

The family will receive friends at the home of David and Earleen Sylvia. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens with Retired Navy Chaplain Phil Holwager officiating. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at
With sincere love and appreciation, the family acknowledges Thalia Hinds for the wonderful care, unique friendship, and commitment she gave to Alma and the family for the past 10 years. Special thanks to family and friends who gave many expressions of love and support and to Gentiva Hospice for their ministry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Missions to the World, C/O Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3488 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434 or the Nansemond-Suffolk Rescue Squad, PO Box 1515, Suffolk, VA 23439.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on September 6, 2013.3
Burial*Sep 7, 2013 She was buried on Sep 7, 2013 at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Suffolk, City of Suffolk, Virginia, United States, Find A Grave Memorial# 116893819.4


William Earl Byrum b. Sep 5, 1914, d. Sep 1, 1996


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