Marjorie Doss Byrum



Marjorie Lou Doss Byrum, 84, passed away on September 30, 2017. She was born on December 21, 1932 in Oklahoma to Archie and Grace Doss.

Marge grew up on a family-owned farm called the Homeplace in Chickasha, where she took care of the animals and her chores while learning to read and write at elementary school. When she graduated high school, Marge headed to North Carolina to attend university at Campbell College, where she met her late husband, Kelly Jordan Byrum. After receiving her degree in English Education, the two married and moved to Nashville, NC and then later to Tarboro.

Marge and Kelly were both educators. Kelly was an Assistant-Superintendent with Edgecombe County Schools when he passed in 1975. Marge was a school teacher and worked at West Edgecombe, CB Martin, Tarboro High, and Phillips schools. She loved helping children learn to read. After retiring from Edgecombe County Schools she taught Adult Literacy at Edgecombe Community College.

A true educator and a woman of principle and integrity, Marge’s life was characterized by her unshakeable faith in God and her staunch conviction to provide her children and grandchildren with what she deemed a proper upbringing. Indeed, she made sure to pass on her sense of propriety by living an exemplary life and educating her grandchildren in her home, teaching them to read and write herself before they began first grade; it was during this time that she earned the name “Mom”.

For a number of years, she babysat her grandchildren daily. Mom watched them climb the sycamore tree in her front yard or play on her back deck, and afternoons regularly included tea parties with the granddaughters, serving them hot tea using real china cups. Like clockwork, Mom would take all of her grandchildren shopping for school supplies every summer before the new year commenced; after fully stocking each child’s backpack with notebooks, pencils, rulers, and erasers, she would take them all to Chick-Fil-A to enjoy a chicken sandwich in Rocky Mount. It was one of her most anticipated and cherished times of year.

Throughout the course of her life, Marge always made sure to stay busy: at the age of 50, she received her Masters in Education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the interim, she attended writers conventions, where she networked with authors and publishers to promote her own historical-fiction novels. When she wasn’t writing, she had other pastimes, which were well-known: she was always nose-deep in a book, piecing together a puzzle on her living room table, watching Fox News on her television, birdwatching on her back porch, or reading up on holistic nutrition. She was also a very active and involved member of Rock Church, which she attended for many years.

Marge is survived by her daughter Kelly (Scot) and son Scottie (Bobbie); grandchildren Jordan, Mallory (Tyler), Brittany (Matthew), Zachary, Emily; great-grandchild Lola.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday evening, 7pm, at St. James United Methodist church in Tarboro, NC. Following the service there will be a time for visitation with the family.

Marge was an avid supporter of many ministries and had a heart for missions. One she supported strongly is Rehoboth Ministries, a mission in Haiti started in 1983 by a local couple, Pritchard and Dana Adams. Because of her passion for this ministry, the family asks in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Rehoboth Ministries, or Rehoboth Ministries, The Lord’s Table, PO Box 11049, Goldsboro, NC 27532. Please earmark all checks “Haiti/Memorial”.

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting