Karen Volper Byrum

Karen Volper Byrum

Suffolk , VA
11.23.1943 - 05.16.2019

Karen Volper Byrum, 75, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2019, surrounded by her loving husband of 50 years and her children and grandchildren. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was the daughter of the late Mary Jane Huff Reinsmith and Albert Clarence Volper, Jr. She was predeceased by a son David Williamson, sister and a brother.

She was a member of the Suffolk Presbyterian Church, the lady’s chapter of the Suffolk Moose Lodge 141, where she and her husband enjoyed Saturday night dances. She worked for CIBA Chemicals as an Import/Export Coordinator. She loved to go shopping, spending her time with family and vacationing at the beach.

Karen is survived by her husband Stanley Byrum; children Pamela B. Doughtie and husband Barry of Suffolk, Mark S. Byrum of Suffolk, Charlene Warren and husband Daryl of Franklin, and Alisha Oliver of Suffolk; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; and a brother AC Volper III and wife Cindi of Texas.

A funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Julie Sterling on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 2 PM in the R.W. Baker & Co Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk with burial in Holly Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Karen was a 20-year Breast Cancer Survivor, so memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Dr. Virginia Beach, VA 23452. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com

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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


What a kind, wonderful person. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you for the weeks and months to come.

John and Gloria Wilson

Dear Lord, We know you received Karen with open arms. Take care sweet Karen,
and may your family, your legacy stay strong and be many times blessed. Love, your little brother, and Cindi Volper

AC and Cindi Volper

So sorry to hear this. My mind immediately went back to my childhood playing Barbie with Alisha and my second mama always graciously allowing me to stay many hours! 🙏🙏🙏🙏and❤️.

Dottie Foushee

Alisha and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Renee C Jones

To the family and friends of Karen, please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared. I hope that the promise in John 6:40 can also bring comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for the ones we lost in death can be reassuring.


I am so sorry A.C. for you and for Karen's husband and children to hear of your loss. It is never easy losing a loving family member, but do know that she has gone to a better place. May you find comfort knowing that. Memories will always be there to comfort you and to help you remember the good times. Take care and God Bless.

Dora Sue Johnson

My sincere condolences goes out to the family during this difficult time. May you find a measure of comfort in God's promise at Revelation 21:3,4 where we look forward to a time when there will be no more pain and death any more. JW.ORG


To Stanley, Pam, Mark, Charlene and Alisha. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife, mother and step-mother. I know that all of y’all are going to miss her. But I hope each day gets a little better for each one of you. It’s been 45+ years since I’ve seen or talked to Karen but I remember her being a very sweet lady. God bless her and may she Rest In Peace.

Jim Clark

A.C., Cindi and the rest of Karen's family, I just saw this notice and am so sorry for your loss. Karen's loss will ease with time and may God be with you all! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Carolyn Lassiter

Alisha, Brittany, Zach, Michaela and entire family of Karen. We are send you all prayers. Love to you all.💞🙏

Jim & Shelia Ward and family

Mark, Pam & Family.

We are sorry for your loss. Please lean on each other for strength through this time.

Skip & Wanda Collins
Windsor, VA

Skip & Wanda Collins

Daddy...Please know that I am praying for you each and every day. You loved mama with every ounce of your being and I know you are suffering. You were her prince in shining armor; always there fighting with and for her...day & night...until she took her last breath. I know this is a difficult time and that you have lost the biggest piece of your heart, but I believe she is still with us each and every minute of the day and even through those long and lonely nights. She is with you now...fighting with and for you during this difficult time.
She is willing you to live on. Find strength in this and know that she is no longer suffering. She will be with you always...until God calls and you are reunited, forever. I pray that you find peace and know that I am so very proud to call you my daddy. I couldn't have picked a better one if I had myself. My mama knew you'd be the best dad I could've ever asked for. I once told you that any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for always taking the very best care of mama...for loving her, through sickness and health, forever and always, till death due to part. I know you will love her the rest of your life. I thank you for that! Thank you for being the very best. I love you and we will get through this together.


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