J.C. Byford age 75 of Dowelltown, was born March 26, 1944 and departed this life, Monday afternoon, February 3, 2020 at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon. He was the son of the late Charlene and Glen Coffee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Betty Sue Davis; son, Randy Watts; 2 grandchildren, Christina Byford and Michael Bell; 1 great-grandson, Little John Byford. He was a member of the Alexandria Church of God and a retired employee of the City of Dowelltown. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Christine Byford of Dowelltown; sons, Danny (Jennifer) Watts of Liberty, Donnie (Jennifer) Watts of Manchester and Jeff Byford of Hartsville; 2 daughters, Frances (Ray) Bell of Nashville and Doris Byford of Smithville; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Paul (Linda) Byford of Smithville; 3 sisters, Linda Huffman of Cookeville, Eva Sevier of Dowelltown and Elaine Temple of Sparta. Funeral services will be 2:PM Thursday, February 6, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bros. Clifford Spence and Michael Hale officiating and burial will follow in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 12 Noon until 8:PM and Thursday 10:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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