On Nov. 29, 2018, Joseph Lawrence Bird succumbed to his battle with cancer at his home surrounded by his loving family. Joe was an avid outdoorsman and a devoted husband, father, brother, grandpa and friend.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1953, in Grand Saline to the late Adrian Bird and Grace Bird. He was a retired mechanical superintendent for Praxair in Hawkins.
Joseph was preceded in death by parents and brother, Don Bird.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Bird of Hawkins; son, Steven Bird; daughters, Jody Monroe of Caddo Mills, Tami Isaacs of Hawkins, Kimberlee Anderson of Lindale, Angela Heffner of Hawkins; brothers, Ray Bird of Winnsboro and Rodney Bird of Hawkins; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Dec. 7 at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola. Funeral services were Dec. 8 at Beaty Funeral Home with T.D. Wilt conducting. Interment followed at Rock Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Kidney Cancer Coalition at www.beatkc.com.