Venell Baker Byrum

October 17, 1925 - March 28, 2020

10/17/1925 - 03/28/2020

Past Services

Tuesday March 31, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Wednesday April 01, 2020
2:00 pm
Hillcrest Cemetery
2517 NC Highway 45 N
Colerain, NC 27924

COLERAIN, NC – Venell Baker Byrum, age 94, of the Perrytown Community, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Byrum was born on October 17, 1925 to Dwight and Eula White Baker in Colerain, NC. Venell and her husband owned and operated J E Byrum General Store in Perrytown for 50 years. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and Eastern Star. Venell was a very outspoken, vivacious, called it like she saw it person. She was very active in her community, always there pitching in doing anything she could to help. She enjoyed making things for people, from sewing something for them, to baking them a birthday cake. Venell had a quote that she truly lived by, ” you are never lost as long as you have enough gas in the car”. Venell will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Along with her parents, Venell was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Byrum, her son, Eddie Byrum, and her brother, Delhart Baker.

Venell is survived by her daughter, Glenda Byrum Campbell of Colerain; her granddaughter, Pamela Campbell of Durham; and her sister, Valarie Evans of Merry Hill.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 2:00 pm at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Colerain, NC, with Rev. Tommy Tripp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Perrytown Volunteer Fire Department, 850 Perrytown Road, Colerain, NC, 27924 by clicking here or Bethany Baptist Church, 736 Bethany Church Rd, Colerain, NC, 27924 or you may donate online by clicking here

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

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Dean and family
4 years ago

Prayers for the Family and condolences.
So sorry for your loss.

Shadrack F. Small IV
4 years ago

Glenda and Pam I am so sorry of the passing of Aunt Venell. I wish I could have been able to see both of you. I miss all the great times I have enjoyed with Your Family. I looked forward to coming to Perrytown growing up. Your Mother was always fun to be around. I will come visit with you when the restriction are lifted. Pam I miss you. Please make contact. I don’t have either of your contact information. God Bless both of you. Prayers until we meet again LOVE both of you. Shack

Dawn Witherspoon
4 years ago

Pam and Glenda. My heart reaches out to you both. I love my memories of the country store and being a guest in your home when Pam and I were in college together.

Lelia W. Byrum
4 years ago

Glenda, Pam and family ,my heart goes out to you at this time. Remembering all the wonderful memories with the Byrum family. Especially the get togethers in Perrytown. All my family thought the world of Aunt Vernell. Love, Lelia and Family.

Gail Holloman
4 years ago

My love to Glenda & all the family. I remember going to Byrum’s store whenever I’d go home with some of my Perrytown friends. And of course Eddie would always treat me. I have fond memories of Ms Vernell, her laughter & friendliness.Gail