Monday morning, Southside Mayor Ray Bowman issued a statement on the official City of Southside Facebook page announcing the death of their City Recorder, Vera Byrd.
“It is with great sadness The City of Southside reports the passing of our beloved City Recorder, Vera Byrd.
Southside could not have had a better Recorder-especially for a new city. As the first new Arkansas city in 28 years, we were all learning as we went and Vera was key in keeping everything orderly during our startup. In her nearly five years as recorder, Vera helped with many projects including land purchases, City Hall Construction, and coordinating volunteers in addition to Recorder duties. Vera managed all of these while dealing with health issues in recent years. The City of Southside was both fortunate and blessed to have her.
On behalf of the Southside City Council, I want to offer our deepest sympathy to her family. Thank you for sharing her with us, she will be truly missed.
On a personal note: I cannot imagine going through this journey with anyone else as Recorder. Her hard work, dedication, and good humor made this endeavor a joy. Vera was always available for wise counsel to ensure the best outcome for Southside’s citizens. I will miss her smile, upbeat personality, and honesty in all situations,” shared Mayor Bowman.
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