Fannie Byrd

March 3, 2021

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Fannie Byrd was born on March 27, 1934 to Willie and Jettie Coles in Martin County, North Carolina.  She attended East Suffolk Gardens High School in Suffolk, Va. She had a love for sports.  She was a high school basketball player and dreamt of becoming a roller derby skater. She moved to New York to pursue a career and gained employment with New York Telephone Company.  She rendered 30 plus years of dedicated service, and retired as a group Chief Supervisor.

Ema Tamar came into knowledge of self as a Hebrew Israelite after marrying “Read the Book” Chief Counsel Daniel Ben Daniel. Four generations of Hebrew Israelites developed from their union. Praise Yahowah. 

Emah Tamar retired early to provide medical care for her Ishe (husband) until his transition. After his passing, EmahTamar found comfort in traveling and gambling. She loved bingo, cards, casino slots and regular visits to Vegas. She was treated like royalty because she was a Queen.  Fannie was known by many names.  Her Hebrew name was Ema Tamar.  Her nickname to her family and friends were Tammy, Honey and Aunt Honey. Her grandchildren referred to her as Nana, Grandma and Grandma Pumpkin. 

Fannie was survived by 5 brothers and 2 sisters of the Coles family.  Joe, William (Lil Buddy), Harry, Lavon, Eugene (Banks), Maisie, and Jettie. 2 daughters Patricia Green, and Linda Byrd. A son through marriage Hazahk Daniel Ben Daniel. 10 grandchildren- Deborah, Denise, Dwight, Naomi, David, Lakisha, Davina, Krystal, Daniel, and Emily. 11 great grandchildren- Demetrius, Javon, Leah, Mikayla, Ariel, Kasheem, Aliana, Ahavia, Avir, Ezekiel and Axel. 3 great grandchildren- Lorenzo, Landon, and Lauryn. She also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews to the 4th and 5th generation.

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Funeral Service
March 12, 2021

1:00 PM
Keith Matthews Funeral Home
5665 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502


Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23505

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