WALTER PIERCE BYRD
attorney at law at Lillington, has been a life long resident of Harnett County and the work and activities that have brought him distinction have been those of teacher, farmer, surveyor, lawyer and public official.
His grandfather, Jesse Byrd, lived in Wake County. A. J. Byrd, father of Walter P., was born in Wake County, April 1, 1815,and in .1853 moved to the Buies Creek neighborhood in Harnett County, where he developed a farm and where he lived until his death in 1901. His wife was Caroline Shaw, who died in 1910. Among their children were Rev. Charles W., J. L. Byrd, Frank Byrd, Urquhart Byrd and Mrs. Florence Shaw.
One of the distinguished Methodist ministers of North Carolina was the late Rev. Charles W. Byrd, who was born in 1856 and died January 3, 1918. He taught school in early life, and one of his pupils was Claude Kitchin. He entered the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church in 1882, and held many prominent pastorates, including churches at Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, Nashville, Tennessee, and at Greensboro and Asheville in North Carolina. He was pastor of a church at Asheville when he died.
Walter Pierce Byrd was born in Harnett County, June 26, 1867. He was a member of the first class in J. A. Campbell's famous school at Buies Creek, now the Buies Creek Junior College. He was a teacher altogether for about ten years in Harnett and adjoining counties, followed farming and surveying in the intervals of teaching, and in 1907 entered the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he completed the course and was licensed to practice in February, 1909. Since then he has conducted a general law practice at Lillington. In 1914 he was elected clerk of the Superior Court of Harnett County for a four-year term, and he represented the Fourteenth Senatorial District in the State Legislature in the session of 1921. In politics he is a republican, and has served as county chairman of the party and has several times accepted nomination on the republican ticket for county and state offices.
Mr. Byrd was a member of Company A of the Second North Carolina Volunteers during the Spanish-American war. He has been an official member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Lillington. He married in November, 1909, Miss Zula Tomlinson, and they became the parents of five children; two of whom died in infancy, and the other three are Evelyn, Lois and Charles Walter.