Victor G. Byas, Sr., a resident of Indianola, Mississippi, was elected a member of the SFLIC Board of Directors at the Annual Stockholders Meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in May 2022.
Byas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Byas, Inc., which includes a group of nine Mississippi funeral home locations -- Greenwood, Indianola, Cleveland, Greenville, Ruleville, Shelby, Hollandale, Clarksdale, and Belzoni. Byas Funeral Home’s Indianola location is a past recipient of SFLIC’s coveted Outstanding Funeral Home of the Year award. In 2015, Byas Funeral Home, Indianola, was entrusted with the final arrangements for Riley B. King, better known as acclaimed blues guitarist B.B. King.
Victor Byas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi. He later graduated from John A. Gupton College, Nashville, Tennessee, with an Associate degree in Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director and holds an accident/life/health insurance license issued by the state of Mississippi.
Byas is a former vice-chair of the governor-appointed Mississippi State Board of Funeral Service. For 26 years, he was associated with Allied Funeral Associates, Tupelo, Mississippi, and served as assistant vice president and as a member of the Board of Directors.
Byas is a member of the Board of Directors of Planters Bank & Trust Company, headquartered in Indianola, Mississippi, serving communities in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. He is also vice president of Delta Council, an economic development organization for northwest Mississippi. Byas is a founding and lifetime Board member of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center, Indianola, Mississippi, a 5-star museum dedicated to sharing the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.
Byas is a member of St. Benedict The Moor Catholic Church, Indianola, Mississippi.