James Byrd Sr. was the father of James Byrd Jr. who was dragged to death.

James Byrd, Sr. has died at the age of 95. He was the father of James Byrd, Jr., whose June 1998 racially motivated murder made worldwide news.

Mr. Byrd, a U.S. Army veteran and a resident of Jasper, passed away on Tuesday.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Robinson Community Funeral Home in Jasper.

Graveside services will be Saturday, September 5th at 10:00 a.m. at Jasper City Cemetery, where James Byrd, Jr. is also buried.

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