Eugene Acrel Byrd, age 84 of Gardendale and formerly of Huffman was born on Tuesday, November 20, 1928 and passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Cole Byrd; and two sons, Charles Eugene Byrd and Robert Thomas Byrd. He is survived by his loving family, his daughter, Susan Byrd Busenlehner (John); and a son, Jeffrey Stephen Byrd (Melanie); grandchildren, Paulina Byrd, Annie Busenlehner, and Eugene Acrel Cole Byrd; a soon-to-be great grandchild, Zane William Busenlehner; and a sister-in-law, Jane Cole Byrd. Gene was retired from Guaranty Savings and Loan Association with over 35 years of service and was a charter member of St. John's Methodist Church. He served his country proudly in the US Marine Corp "Semper Fi" during the Korean Conflict. He loved his Auburn Tigers and wishes all his family and friends a big WAR EAGLE! Graveside services will be a private family only service.