Robert Allen “Bob” Byrne, age 83, a resident of Philippi passed away Sunday March 8, 2020 in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. Bob was born October 14, 1936 in Morgantown, WV, a son of the late Charles Allen “Al” and Mandaine “Lady” (Olson) Byrne. Bob is survived by his former wife Maryann Byrne.
Brother, Lars Olson Byrne of Philippi
Grandchildren, Paige Byrne of Philippi, Chase Byrne and wife Allison of Wheeling
Nephew, Jerry Foster and wife Coty of Shinnston
Bob was preceded in death by son, Jeffrey Allen Byrne, and sister, Lady Ann Foster. He retired as President of The Barbour Publishing Company and retired as Editor of The Barbour Democrat. Bob served in the US Navy from 1957-1960. While in the Navy, he was trained as a photographer. He was a member of the American Legion Post #44, Philippi Jaycees, and Philippi Fire Department where he served as Assistant Chief with 53 years’ service. He also took photographs while in the department and proudly displayed them in the firehouse. Bob served on the board of directors for the Barbour Country Club, was a member of the General’s Society Sons of the American Revolution, and member of the Philippi Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed playing golf and watching sports, especially basketball. He was a 1954 graduate of Philippi High School, attended Alderson-Broaddus College. He played on the basketball team for A-B and went the NIA Tournament. He also attended WVa Tech. Bob was always meticulously tending to his yard and home.
“Bob cared deeply about his community. Whether it was in his meticulous lawn, organizing many of the Main Street parades, or the countless hours spent at the Philippi Fire Department; he was always putting others before himself.”
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home and Crematory 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Thursday March 12, from 5-8 pm and on Friday March 13, from 8am- 2 pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm with the Rev. Bob Wilkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery with military honors being accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to the Philippi Volunteer Fire Department, 317 S. Main Street, Philippi, WV.