By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFRO

Christopher Lawrence Byrd, a carpenter and avid participant in Baltimore’s community life, died unexpectedly on Sept 28. He was 48.

Byrd was a devoted member of the Muslim faith and holistic life practitioner. He was also a loving son, brother and uncle, lifelong bachelor and faithful friend who gifted his family and friends with a naturally charming and generous demeanor, relatives said.

Christopher Lawrence Byrd (Courtesy Photo)

“Christopher was always giving. He’d be the first to answer your call, the first to reach out and take care of others,” said Byrd’s younger sister, Cimmon Burris. She added, “I’ll remember most how he took care of family members when they got ill and how he treated the children in our family.”

Christopher is survived by his parents, Laura Phillips Byrd, a member of the Afro American Newspapers’ Board of Directors and Dr. Eugene Byrd; his only sister, Cimmon (Tylandis); two nephews, Terrance and Tyler Burris and a host of family and friends.

A viewing will be held Oct. 1 at noon at Wiley Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Ave.  Midday prayer will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, 6631 Johnnycake Road. Janazah prayer will follow immediately after midday payer.

Burial will follow Janazah prayer service at King Memorial Park which is located at 8710 Dogwood Road, Baltimore.