Elvin "Joe" Byars


Elvin "Joe" Byars

Elvin "Joe" Byars, 77, of Lake Toxaway, was called home Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.

Joe was the son of the late Anderson Clifford and Florence Victoria Reid Byars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Galloway Byars; brothers, David, Ray and Arville Byars, and grandson, Gregory Elvin Byars Jr.

He is best known for his love of music and unpredictable humor. He has played, taught and composed music for more than 72 years. Of those 72 years, he spent 30 years as the lead vocalist/guitarist for the family gospel group, Joe Byars and The Lampli...

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