Mary Elizabeth Stratton Byrum

June 18, 1930 - July 29, 2023

06/18/1930 - 07/29/2023

Past Services

Wednesday August 02, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Thursday August 03, 2023
11:00 am
Bethany Baptist Church
736 Bethany Church Road
Colerain, NC 27924
Thursday August 03, 2023
11:45 am
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

COLERAIN, NC – Mary Elizabeth Stratton Byrum, age 93, passed away on July 29, 2023, at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Mary was born on June 18, 1930 in Hertford County, NC, the daughter of the late Raymond Stratton, and Mary Bell King Stratton.  She was a hardworking woman who dedicated her life to providing for her family.

Mary had a diverse work experience, serving as both a farmer and the owner/operator of White’s Cross Grocery. She found joy in simple pleasures such as snow and bird watching. Mary also loved attending and watching various ball games, including baseball, football, and basketball. Above all, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary Elizabeth was a faithful member of Bethany Baptist Church. Her unwavering faith guided her throughout life, providing her with strength and comfort.

Besides her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Elmer Ashley “Fluggie” Byrum, as well as her brother William King, and brother Sammy Stratton.

She leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. Mary is survived by her daughter, Judy B. (David) Freeman of Colerain, NC, and her son, Ashley (Sue) Byrum of Colerain, NC. She also leaves behind five cherished grandchildren: Israel (Courtney) Byrum of Colerain, NC, Tracy (Casey) Byrum of Windsor, NC, Josh (Kate) Freeman of Colerain, NC, Kyle (Megan) Freeman of Colerain, NC, and Lance Freeman and partner, Emiley of Colerain, NC. Additionally, Mary is survived by eight great-grandchildren: Alyssa Byrum of Greenville, NC, Evan Byrum of Colerain, NC, Banks Byrum of Windsor, NC, Brooks Byrum of Windsor, NC,  Brees Byrum of Windsor, NC, Andrew Freeman of Colerain, NC, Camden Freeman of Colerain, NC, Myles Freeman of Colerain, NC, and Tucker Freeman of Colerain, NC.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, from 7:00 until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie, NC. A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 11:00 am at Bethany Baptist Church in Colerain, NC. Rev. Tommy Tripp will officiate the funeral service. Following the service, Mary will be laid to rest in Highland Memorial Gardens in Ahoskie, NC.

Memorial donations may be made directly to Bethany Baptist Church, 736 Bethany Church Road, Colerain, NC, or you may donate online by clicking here

Mary Elizabeth Stratton Byrum will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie is handling arrangements for the Byrum family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting

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Stephen Cullipher
8 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out for you and your family over the loss of your mom.

Jack and Edith Williford Windsor nc
8 months ago

Judy and Family,
Sorry to hear about Mary Elizabeth.
We had lots of laughs together and lots of fun at the ball games.
Prayers for all.

Karen Sawyer Brooks
8 months ago

So very sorry to hear about Ms. Mary’s passing. We all enjoyed seeing her at the river and ballgames. Anything Judy went to, her Mama was right there too!! Ya’ll were blessed with a precious gem!! Prayers for the days ahead. Keep your wonderful memories in your heart always!!