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Venell Baker Byrum

October 17, 1925 - March 28, 2020

COLERAIN, NC – Venell Baker Byrum, age 94, of the Perrytown Community, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Byrum was born on October 17, 1925 to Dwight and Eula White Baker in Colerain, NC. Venell and her husband owned and operated J E Byrum General Store in Perrytown for 50 years. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and Eastern Star. Venell was a very outspoken, vivacious, called it like she saw it person. She was very active in her community, always there pitching in doing anything she could to help. She enjoyed making things for people, from sewing something for them, to baking them a birthday cake. Venell had a quote that she truly lived by, ” you are never lost as long as you have enough gas in the car”. Venell will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Along with her parents, Venell was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Byrum, her son, Eddie Byrum, and her brother, Delhart Baker.

Venell is survived by her daughter, Glenda Byrum Campbell of Colerain; her granddaughter, Pamela Campbell of Durham; and her sister, Valarie Evans of Merry Hill.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020, from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 2:00 pm at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Colerain, NC, with Rev. Tommy Tripp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Perrytown Volunteer Fire Department, 850 Perrytown Road, Colerain, NC, 27924 by clicking here or Bethany Baptist Church, 736 Bethany Church Rd, Colerain, NC, 27924 or you may donate online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Byrum family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie

205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm


Hillcrest Cemetery

2517 NC Highway 45 N
Colerain, NC 27924

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