I was born September 8, 1957, to Geneva Byrd and the late Ormand Byrd. I am married to the former Sherry Lynn Bunch. We have two children: Shannon Beckham and Jon David Byrd. We also have a great-niece and nephew, Mary and Nick Milam, who we helped raise.
I graduated from Wayne County High School in 1975. I then attended Freed-Hardeman University and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1980. I have also received my Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University in 1985. I furthered my education from TSU by completing thirty hours above my Master's Degree.
This is my thirty-third year with the Wayne County School System. I taught and coached at Waynesboro Middle School for four years. I moved to Wayne County High School in 1985 where I taught and coached until 1996. I was principal at Frank Hughes School for one year and decided I was not ready to give up coaching, so I moved back to WCHS and have been there since. This is my eighth year as WCHS principal and my third year as assistant coach of the Lady Cats Basketball team.
My favorite memory at WCHS has been winning the Girls' State Championship as head coach of the Lady Cats in 2001 and 2011 and winning the Football Class A State Championship in 2011. I was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman University Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 for my success in coaching.