Shonda Latrice Byrd Bates was born on November 29, 1973 to the proud parents of Jimmie and Brenda Byrd in Omaha, Nebraska. Shonda attended Omaha Northwest High School and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1992. Shonda was also a graduate from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She majored in Education. She was a proud graduate of the Class of 2001. Shonda was also a Third Grade Teacher with the Omaha Public Schools. She also served her community and abroad.
She was an ordained minister and choir director at “The Church God of Christ” in Omaha, Nebraska and a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Omaha. Surviving relatives are her mother and father, Jimmie and Brenda Byrd (Omaha, Nebraska); husband, Anthony Bates, Jr.(Chesapeake, Va,); (Son) (Khalil Antoine) (Omaha, Nebraska.) (Stepson) (Anthony Bates III,) (Suffolk, Va) (Three Sisters:) (Tori Byrd Penn) (Deer Park, New York) (Husband Joseph), (Sister) (Tina Byrd Miller) (Omaha, Nebraska) (Sister) (Jimia Bullard) (Husband) (Corey) (Daughter) (Kori) of (Omaha, Nebraska) (Brothers) (Jimmie Byrd) (Little Rock, Arkansas (Edmond Byrd) (Omaha Nebraska) (Special Cousins) John and Diana Byrd) (Chesapeake Va) (Father In Law) (Anthony Bates Sr.) (Chesapeake Va), (Mother In Law) (Virginia Bates) (Chesapeake, Va) (Sister In Law) (Karen Joyner) (Husband) (Sean Joyner) (Suffolk,Va). Also host of Great Aunts, Aunts, Great Uncles, Uncles, Great Nephews, Nephews, Great Nieces, Nieces, Cousins, and close friends.