Frank Lafayette Bird (1913-1994)

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LINTON & BIRD CHRONICLES, Volume V, Issue1, Spring 2010, ISSN 1941-3521

Frank Lafayette BIRD (1913-1994)

& Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010)

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Terry Louis Linton © 1995-2010

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2010

LINTON & BIRD CHRONICLES, Volume V, Issue 1, Spring 2010, ISSN 1941-3521

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Frank Lafayette BIRD (1913-1994) & Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010)

@Frank Lafayette BIRD was the son of Thomas Jefferson BIRD (1861-1931) and Drusilla GAY (1868-1948). Frank was born on April 1, 1913, in Birdville, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.1 (1) Frank died on June 20, 1994, in Austin, Travis County, Texas, at the age of 81. Frank was buried on June 23, 1994, in Austin, in the Cook-Walden Capital Park, Travis County, Texas. 2 (2)

Obituary: Frank Lafayette Bird Sr.

"Frank Lafayette Bird Sr., 81, of Austin, died Monday, June 20, 1994. He was a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church. He served as deacon for 55 years and was ordained at Ridgetop Baptist Church in 1939. He taught Sunday school for 40 over years and was a painting contractor by trade. He a nd Gail Martin were married by Reverend E. S. Martin at Ridgetop Baptist Church in July 1936. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday at Hyde Park Baptist with Dr. Ralph Smith officiating. Interment will be in Cook-Walden Capital Parks. Mr. Bird is survived by his wife, Gail Bird; three children, Frank Bird JR.. and Richard M. Bird and daughter Frances Crooks and husband, Gerald; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. Mr Bird was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather. The family would like to thank the Home Heath Care, especially Mary Jackson and Tida. Arrangements by Cook-Walden Funeral Home, Lamar location. Pallbearers: Randall Melton; Bill Bittick IV; Buddy Hayes; Thomas Stuckey; Jerry Crooks; John Bird; Honorary Pallbearers: Jeffrey Bird; Chris Jones; John Wright; Mark Bird." 3 (3)

Frank Lafayette BIRD married Ora Gail MARTIN, the daughter of Joe Frank MARTIN (1895-1988) and Myrtle YOUNG (1891-?), on July 12, 1936, in the Ridetop Baptist Church, in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Ora Gail was born on November 18, 1916, in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas. 4 (4) Aunt Gail died on May 5, 2010 in Austin, Travis County Texas, at age 93.

Obituary: Ora Gail MARTIN Bird (1916-2010)

"On May 5, 2010, our loving Mother and Grandmother, Gail Bird, was called home to our Heavenly Father at age 93. Affectionately known to many as Nanny Bird, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank Bird, Sr., on June 23, 1993. She is survived by her three children Frank and Lorene Bird of Houston, Richard and Mary Bird of Austin and Frances and Gerald Crooks of Leander. Also surviving are her two brothers Virgil Martin of Port Lavaca and Don and Doris Martin of Beaumont. Nanny Bird's greatest joy in life was her Faith in Christ and the love for her 13 Grandchildren, 39 Great-grandchildren and 10 Great-Great Grandchildren. It was through her kind and patient ways that many of us could witness an example God's unconditional love in our lives. Her dedication to following his teachings were an inspiration to all her knew her and will always be light for our own paths. She was a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church for over 60 years. Along with her husband, she taught Sunday School for over 45 years and also baked desserts for the church kitchen for over 15 years. In her later years, she became a member of the Prayer Warriors, who were a close knit group of elders that conducted daily prayer meetings and bible lessons. Nanny Bird touched all of us in a special way. It was the way she lived her life that showed us the true meaning of Love. She will always be carried in our hearts and may we continue to show others the love she gave to us." 5 (5)

Frank & Gail had three children:

I. Frank Lafayette BIRD Jr. was born on November 1, 1941 in Austin, Travis County, Texas Frank married Charlene Marie AUGELL on October 4, 1960 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Charlene was born about 1941 in Texas. 6 (6)

Children from this marriage were:

i. Melissa A. BIRD was born on October 19, 1960 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Melissa, married Johnny WRIGHT, in November 1976 in TX. Johnny was born about 1960 in Texas.

ii. Mark A. BIRD was born on May 10, 1962 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Mark had a residence in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

iii. Jeffrey Dean BIRD was born on June 3, 1965 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Jeffrey married Maria on September 1, 1987 in Texas. Maria was born about 1965 in Texas.

iv. John L. BIRD was born on April 16, 1969 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

v. Mary E. BIRD was born on March 9, 1970 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Frank next married Bonnie HOUSTON, on January 9, 1988, in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Bonnie was born about 1941 in Texas. 7 (7)

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II. Richard Martin BIRD was born on February 12, 1943 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Richard married Patricia Eileen JOHNSON on June 3, 1963 in Travis Co., TX. Patricia was born about 1943 in Travis County, Texas.

Richard and Patricia had one child from this marriage:

i. April BIRD was born on June 21, 1970 in Travis County, Texas.

Richard next married Carolyn Unknown on September 1, 1972 in Texas. Carolyn was born about 1943, in Texas. 8 (8)

III. Frances Gail BIRD was born on March 6, 1946 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Frances married Gerald Wayne CROOKS Sr., son of Arthur Earvin CROOKS and Willowease BLAIR, on June 17, 1967 in Travis County, Texas. Gerald was born on August 21, 1944 in Travis County, Texas. 9 (9)

Frances Gail and Wayne had four children from this marriage:

i. Tammy K. CROOKS was born on December 16, 1962 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Tammy married Chris JONES on January 1, 1982 in Texas. Chris was born about 1962 in Texas.

ii. Laura Gail CROOKS was born on April 6, 1968 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Laura married Buddy HAYES on November 7, 1987 in Texas. Buddy was born about 1968 in Texas.

iii. Debbie Lynn CROOKS was born on October 29, 1969 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

iv. Gerald Wayne CROOKS Jr. was born on October 25, 1972 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. 10 (10)

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Sources

1. Ancestry.com, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

2. Ancestry.com, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 (Source Information: Ancestry.com. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000. Austin, TX, USA: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit.)

3. Obituary: Ancestry.com U.S. Public Records Index (Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA

4. BIRD Family Reunion research data attained at various family reunions 1968-1995 by Terry Louis Linton.

5. Obituary: Ancestry.com U.S. Public Records Index (Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA.

6. BIRD Family Reunion research data attained at various family reunions 1968-1995 by Terry Louis Linton.

7. Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index (Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, comp. Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings. Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, 215 South Complex Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901.)

8. BIRD Family Reunion research data attained at various family reunions 1968-1995 by Terry Louis Linton.

9. Ancestry.com, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005). Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005