He is survived by his wife, Esther Kirk Shelburne Bird; daughter, Sue Elfving and son-in-law, Philo W. Lund of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; brother, Frank Gibson Bird of Pineville; step-daughter, Louise S. Glenn and husband, Dr. Malcolm Fletcher; stepson, Kirk Shelburne and his wife, Gina; and 11 nieces and nephews, James P. Bird Jr., Robert Bird, Alex Vernon Bird, Stacy Bird, Nancy Bird Faulkner, Patty Marrs McKettrick, Martha Jane Marrs Paulk, Frances Bird Elliott, Dr. Jack E. Cody, Janet Cody Mathews and Michael Cody. Mr. Bird was preceded in death by his first wife, Geraldine Cody Bird.
Mr. Bird was born March 7, 1911, to James Mount Bird and Martha Jane Engle of Pineville. He and his four brothers, Faulkner, Vernon, Frank and Jim were most noted in their younger years as football players for the Pineville Mountain Lions. His late sister, Margaret Bird was the cashier at Morgan Drug Store for many years. His late sister, Linda Bird Marrs was known for her unending kindness of heart and loved by many.
Bob, as he was known by family, friends and community, was a retired local businessman and real estate developer and a faithful servant of his Lord and member of the First United Methodist Church. As a beloved husband, he was adored as a father, brother and uncle. He was a man of integrity, a steadfast friend and honorable business partner, an avid golfer and forever a friend to those in need. His enthusiasm for life never waned. Bob's desire to help others and his love of family were defining forces throughout his life.
His family deeply mourns his loss, but rejoices that he has joined his eternal Father in the more peaceable Kingdom of Life. We now celebrate his life.
The Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Pineville, with the Rev. Albert Hughes presiding. Burial will be in the Pineville Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504, or First United Methodist Church of Pineville, P.O. Box 566, Pineville, KY 40977.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville.
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