Kendall Dennis Byrd of Kill Devil Hills, June 15

By on June 21, 2024

September 1, 1968-June 15, 2024

Kendall Dennis Byrd, 55 years young, passed suddenly of natural causes in the late afternoon of June 15, 2024, while in his beloved garden. He came into this life at just 3.9 lbs on September 1st, 1968, in Labrador, Canada to the late Norton Ervin and Carol Ann Byrd. Kendall is survived by his sister Alison Byrd Urbanek (Tom Sloate) and nephew Dedrick “Glyn” Byrd, bonus nieces Dixie Ray (Cameron), Hannah Graham (Jack), Casey McDonald (Chris). He also leaves behind a network of close friends and loved ones, as well as his 2 cats, Boots and Byrdie who brought him much joy.

Kendall grew up in rural Currituck County and graduated in 1986 from Albemarle Academy where his team won the basketball state championship. He went on to study at East Carolina University, eventually moving to the Outer Banks in the early 1990’s, working at numerous businesses and restaurants.

In the late 90’s he made a move into the corporate world at Rock Bottom Brewing in Atlanta and finally to Big River Brewing Disney World in Florida. This valuable training and attention to cost management secured him a general manager position at Damon’s Grill in Arundel Mills Maryland in 2003, where his store became the flagship property of their entire organization. Fate had a predetermined course for Kendall as he returned to the Outer Banks in 2010 to care for his mother who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Along with his sister Alison, they provided their mother with a quality of life she enjoyed for many years.

He struggled most of his life with the fact that he had more friends who were Dallas Cowboy fans rather than loyal fans to his beloved Redskins. Sports were his obsession; playing, or coaching for Dare County Recreation, or leading his fantasy football league. He developed many lasting relationships with friends who shared the same passion. Kendall was a Wii bowling champion at The Jolly and a master of Trivia, if it was obscure, he knew it for sure!

Kendall made his modeling debut on the Brainy-ac spice rub label made by the company he and his Sis started called Fieldhand Sam. Even though Kendall de-seeded more jalapenos peppers for his amazing pepper jelly then any human should, he was world renowned for his chicken rub.

He was the reluctant gardener who learned to cherish the first appearance of butterflies, or the rapid beat of a hummingbird’s wings, and, by the way, “Real men pull weeds”. He was always so excited about the improvement of the garden and took ownership and love over it. If he could get a hold of you long enough, he’d talk your ear off about what he had planted, what was blooming, and what was on the horizon. When he wasn’t in the garden you could find him in another favorite spot looking out over the ocean towards the horizon at Raleigh Street. If you want to share a moment with his memory head there and set up a chair.

To his family and friends, he had a million-dollar smile and a sense of humor that lightened their day, he was generous, kind, and dependable. Kendall had a big loving heart and enjoyed helping others. He was like a brother to many, one of the good ones gone too soon.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Kendall’s name to the Outer Banks SPCA.

The family will announce at a future date when a service will be held.

Gallop Funeral Services is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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