Pass the Cash - Julia Byrd

Hartsville, SC - By Paula Caruso - bio | email

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - There's a saying that reads, "If we were all like angels, the world would be a heavenly place." Better words couldn't be written about the woman whom Clyde Boan says is his angel.

"She's never spoke anything bad about [anyone]," Boan said. "She loves her church. She loves people and if somebody does something, she prays about [it]."

Boan's angel is Julia Byrd of Hartsville, the woman who took care of his mother in her final years. It's been a few years since his mother passed away, but Boan and Byrd have kept in touch as if they were family.

Boan thinks of her like a mother, but now, it's Byrd who needs help.

She's in a wheelchair because of poor circulation in her legs and she needs in-home care. Her son, DeMaize, moved from Atlanta to care for her last summer. Six months ago, she found him on the floor. He had suffered a stroke.

"It took a toll on me, really took a toll on me," Byrd recalled. "But I just had to stay before the Lord, praying abd asking him to give me strength to go through it."

DeMaize is slowly getting better, but now the family must consider his long-term care needs along with Byrd's, all while the regular bills keep coming.

Boan says Byrd has a direct line to heaven because she is always praying, and its not just for herself.

"If I have someone that's sick [or] needs to be put on prayer chain, I'll call her up. She'll say 'I'll send up some prayers,'" Boan said.

"A lot of people don't realize prayer is the only way you can make it. It takes little meditations to help people get through," Byrd added

Byrd's helped a lot of people 'get through' in her lifetime. She retired from the Department of Social Services, and then worked for the Council on Aging for years. She made it her mission to help those who were sick or suffering.

"A lot of people do not like to work with sick people and whenever I go in homes, I give them my best," Byrd says, "Because sick people realize a lot of people don't want to be bothered with them. I thank the Lord that he has given me piece of mind to work with sick people and to help people."

That help now is shared with people through the power of prayer from an angel.

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