Paul Wesley Byrum

June 11, 1952 - November 30, 2023

06/11/1952 - 11/30/2023

Past Services

Saturday December 09, 2023
2:00 pm
Ahoskie Church of God
911 S, Catherine Creek Rd.
Ahoskie, NC 27910

KELFORD, NC – Paul Wesley Byrum, age 71, passed away on November 30, 2023, at his residence in Bertie County, North Carolina. He was born on June 11, 1952, in Hertford County, North Carolina. Wesley was a dedicated carpenter by profession and possessed exceptional skills in his craft.

Outside of work, Wesley had a variety of interests that brought him joy and relaxation. He had a passion for fishing, which he considered his favorite pastime. He also enjoyed indulging in video gaming, watching movies, and collecting DVDs. Spending quality time with his family playing card games brought him great happiness. Wesley had a talent for making fishing bait and was affectionately known as Baitman Byrum among his friends. Additionally, he had a fondness for lasagna and putting Legos together.

Wesley will be dearly missed by his surviving loved ones. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Byrum (Tim) Jernigan of Merry Hill, NC, and his son, Kelly Edward (Jennifer) Byrum of Rocky Mount, NC; as well as the mother of his children  Joyce Byrum of Colerain, NC. He leaves behind his best friend, Frankie Winslow, Jr., of Kelford, as well as two granddaughters, Kayla (Justin) Dunlow of Scotland Neck and Tessa Renee Jernigan of Merry Hill, NC. His memory will also be cherished by his two grandsons, Tyler Ryan Jernigan of Merry Hill, NC, and Ethan Paul Byrum of Rocky Mount. His great-grandchildren, Conner Ryan Dunlow, Landon Joseph Dunlow, and Makenna Rae Dunlow, will forever hold him dear in their hearts. He is also survived by his brother, Clarence Daniel (Patricia A.) Byrum of Aulander, his uncle, Spencer (Frances) Byrum of Como, and his niece, Jennifer (Jamie) Tinkham of Aulander; and his nephew, Kip Byrum of Aulander, NC. Wesley was preceded in death by his beloved father, Paul Edison Byrum, and his cherished mother, Agnes Perry Byrum. His passing leaves a void in the lives of all who knew him, but his memory will be forever treasured.

Family and friends will gather on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Ahoskie Church of God, Ahoskie, NC to celebrate Wesley’s life.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is assisting the Byrum family with cremation. Online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

In his own unique way, Paul Wesley Byrum had a special saying that would often conclude family conversations, “Yabba Dabba Doo, I Love You.” This heartfelt sentiment demonstrated his deep affection for his loved ones and will forever echo in their hearts as a reminder of his enduring love and warmth.

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Frances Bazemore
4 months ago

Cathy and Kelly so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing I always thought a lot of you and your family
I worked at HOGGARDS GROCERY STORE N AULANDER many years ago as you 2 were only children then.
Keep memories alive always

John Hinton Jr
4 months ago

LEGENDS NEVER DIE, they live on forever in our hearts. To Kelly and Cathy, may peace and love and the memories of your Dad live on forever in your heart. Wesley was one of the best men I knew on the Chowan Maintenance Staff and in general, this life. A true man’s man, he was the life of the party everyday at work. I cherish the jokes he used to play on me (the board stretcher was EPIC, the best) and how infectious his sense of humor was. From fishing to carpentry to dancing there was nothing Wesley couldn’t do. It pains me to see he’s passed, but please know Kelly and Cathy, he was so proud of you both more than any of his accomplishments. Again, may peace and love fill your hearts in this dark time and the memories of your Dad bring you both smiles of joy. Wesley was a true legend, no doubt there is a special place in heaven for him. I guarantee there’s fishing, dancing, and laughter all around.

Shiwanda D Bishop
4 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Jehovah God, through his Son, Jesus Christ, promises you will see your loved one again at Acts 24:15,”There is going to be a resurrection.” That is a sure promise! Until then, allow Jehovah God to comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) and help you all through this time of bereavement. Please accept my condolences.