Rebecca Lee ‘Becky’ Byrd, 69, doctor who assisted patients and families with the battle against childhood cancer

Rebecca Lee 'Becky' Byrd
Rebecca Lee ‘Becky’ Byrd

Dr. Rebecca Lee Byrd, 69, departed this life Friday, April 26, 2019, following an extended illness. Becky was born on April 27, 1949, in Richmond, the daughter of Dr. Charles William Byrd and Rose Lee Donati Byrd.

She was a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Upon completion of a pediatric residency at Duke University Hospital and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she moved to Norfolk, to practice at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. There, she helped patients and families with the battle against childhood and adolescent cancer.

She is survived by her children, Kate Kearns Carter, and her husband, Joseph Alton ‘Trey’ Carter III, of Virginia Beach, William Albert Kearns III of Washington, D.C., and Patrick Byrd Kearns, and his wife, Sonia Huang, of Long Island City, New York; grandsons, Joseph Alton Carter IV and Grey Henley Kearns; sisters, Claudia Byrd Macdonald of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jane Byrd Cooke of Richmond; brother, Charles William Byrd Jr. of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, at Galilee Church of Virginia Beach, 3928 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach. Following the service, a reception will be held at the church. A private interment will take place in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

The family wishes to express its sincerest appreciation to the staff at The Memory Center Virginia Beach and Interim Hospice, especially Diana Clukey, for the unceasing and loving care that they provided over the past several years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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