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SPEEDWAY Pearl E. Newberry Bird, 91, of Speedway, died early Friday morning, November 3, 2017 at Ridge Care, after a long and wonderful life.
Born March 10, 1926 at Trade TN, she was the daughter of the late Cordy E. Ford & Clara Wallace Ford. Pearl was a retired cook for the Mercer County Board of Education, last working at Athens School.
Pearl was an active member of Painters Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was involved in many facets of the churches life.
She will long be remembered in her community for being a loving, compassionate and giving person, always putting others first. She was devoted wife, mother, grandparent and sister. Pearl loved good gospel bluegrass and southern music, the Primitive Quartet being her favorite.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Monroe Newberry, second husband Cecil E. Bird along with her stepmother, Verrila Ford, son Gary Wayne Newberry, along with five siblings: Roy. William, James Ford, Harvey Walls & Charles Pannell; and daughter-in-law, Shirley Newberry.
Those left to cherish her memory, her 6 children and spouses, William C. Newberry of Kinston NC, Thomas "Tom" Newberry and wife Marie, Ronnie L. Bird & wife Debbie, Jean Ann Mann & husband Larry, all of Speedway, Sandy Craft & husband Roger of Princeton, Lisa Montgomery & husband Guan of Dublin VA, daughter in law Mary Jane Newberry of Daniels. Four siblings: Johnny Walls & wife Mildred, Luther Ford & wife Pansy, Thelma Reed & husband Keith, Delores Hanks & husband Johnny, Sister in law, Ruby Ford, 15 grandchildren and a host of great & great great grandchildren.
Services to celebrate the life of Pearl Newberry Bird will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastors David Damewood & Jeff McVay officiating. Burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery in Athens.
Friends may visit with the family Tuesday from 5 until 7 PM at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Painters Chapel U.M.C. Attn: Building Fund, P.O. Box 1213, Athens, WV 24712
The Bird family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on November 5, 2017
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