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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Barbara Ann Bird

January 1, 1932October 5, 2019
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Barbara Bird went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was a graduate of Alma High School in Alma, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for two years. She married Jim Bird on June 22, 1952. Barbara enjoyed working at home while raising their three children. She was also involved in many outside activities such as being a Girl Scout leader, teaching Sunday School and giving swimming lessons in the summer. She always had a heart for those in need and was a mentor to many. She was very creative and enjoyed painting, quilting and sewing.

In 1963 Jim and Barbara, along with several others, felt led by the Lord to start a church. That was the beginning of Central Christian Church. Barbara and Jim remained as faithful and active members of Central until their passing. They both served in many capacities throughout the years.

In 1976, Jim and Barbara again felt a calling from the Lord. They left their family business, RMB produce, and purchased the Bible Book Store, known today as The Solid Rock Bookstore. Many people in the River Valley have been touched by and ministered to through this business, they truly looked at it as their ministry.

Barbara always enjoyed spending time with her family and stayed actively involved in all of their lives, always willing to cheer at sporting events and encourage in whatever activities her children and grandchildren were involved in. She also had an adventurous side, she has been known to drive teenage boys through the neighborhood to TP houses, wreck her son's friend's motorcycle into her own car (which took all of the money she earned teaching swimming lessons that summer to fix), riding Space Mountain Rollercoaster and water skiing. She truly lived life to the fullest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Drennon and Florence Byars of Alma, Arkansas; her husband, Jim Bird, Sr.; and her beloved grandson, Jerry Mikel Bird.

She is survived by her only son, Jim Bird, Jr. and his wife Teresa of Greenwood, Arkansas; two daughters, Leslye Loum and husband Larry of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Amy Pennington and husband Mike of Springdale, Arkansas. Also her grandchildren, Krissi Beeks and husband Will, Cara Morland and husband Daniel, Justin Loum, Aaron Loum and wife Crystal, Lauren Post and husband Landon, Brandon Pennington and wife Mary, Hayden Pennington and wife Kayla; and seven great grandchildren, survive her.

Visitation will be Friday, October 11th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Edwards Funeral Home. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held Saturday, October 12th, 10:00am at Central Christian Church, 400 N. Waldron Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Will Beeks, Daniel Morland, Justin Loum, Aaron Loum, Landon Post, Brandon Pennington and Hayden Pennington.

Memorials in Barbara's honor may be sent to Heart to Heart Pregnancy Center, 417 South 16th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

To leave an online tribute, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Jim Bird, Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Leslye Loum and husband Larry, Daughter
  • Amy Pennington and husband Mike, Daughter
  • Jim Bird, Jr. and his wife Teresa, Son
  • Drennon and Florence Byars, Parents (deceased)
  • Jerry Mikel Bird, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Krissi Beeks and husband Will, Grandchild
  • Cara Morland and husband Daniel, Grandchild
  • Justin Loum, Grandchild
  • Aaron Loum and wife Crystal, Grandchild
  • Lauren Post and husband Landon, Grandchild
  • Brandon Pennington and wife Mary, Grandchild
  • Hayden Pennington and wife Kayla, Grandchild
  • Barbara is also survived by her seven great grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Will Beeks, Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Morland, Active Pallbearer
  • Justin Loum, Active Pallbearer
  • Aaron Loum, Active Pallbearer
  • Landon Post, Active Pallbearer
  • Brandon Pennington, Active Pallbearer
  • Hayden Pennington, Active Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Heart to Heart Pregnancy Center

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • A Celebration of Barbara's life Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Patsy Fox

October 9, 2019

Barbara and I shared the love of reading history. We both looked forward to each new installment of the Brendan Chronicles. We could spend an hour discussing each book. Barbara had so much knowledge and wisdom to share. She love the Lord and her family.
She will be missed and remember by all that had the privilege to know her.
She is walking the streets of gold and worshiping Her sweet Jesus.

Connie Bailey

October 9, 2019

Like many, I loved seeing Barbara! Even as late as two Sundays before her death, I saw her in the wrap around outside church. She was smiling, and had a greeting for me. I hugged her neck. She always sat about the same place on Sundays, close to ‘our row.’ I will miss her cheerfulness and her sweet smile. Heaven gained a precious saint! Tim and I will certainly miss her!

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Biography

Barbara Bird went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was a graduate of Alma High School in Alma, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for two years. She married Jim Bird on June 22, 1952. Barbara enjoyed working at home while raising their three children. She was also involved in many outside activities such as being a Girl Scout leader, teaching Sunday School and giving swimming lessons in the summer. She always had a heart for those in need and was a mentor to many. She was very creative and enjoyed painting, quilting and sewing.

In 1963 Jim and Barbara, along with several others, felt led by the Lord to start a church. That was the beginning of Central Christian Church. Barbara and Jim remained as faithful and active members of Central until their passing. They both served in many capacities throughout the years.

In 1976, Jim and Barbara again felt a calling from the Lord. They left their family business, RMB produce, and purchased the Bible Book Store, known today as The Solid Rock Bookstore. Many people in the River Valley have been touched by and ministered to through this business, they truly looked at it as their ministry.

Barbara always enjoyed spending time with her family and stayed actively involved in all of their lives, always willing to cheer at sporting events and encourage in whatever activities her children and grandchildren were involved in. She also had an adventurous side, she has been known to drive teenage boys through the neighborhood to TP houses, wreck her son's friend's motorcycle into her own car (which took all of the money she earned teaching swimming lessons that summer to fix), riding Space Mountain Rollercoaster and water skiing. She truly lived life to the fullest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Drennon and Florence Byars of Alma, Arkansas; her husband, Jim Bird, Sr.; and her beloved grandson, Jerry Mikel Bird.

She is survived by her only son, Jim Bird, Jr. and his wife Teresa of Greenwood, Arkansas; two daughters, Leslye Loum and husband Larry of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Amy Pennington and husband Mike of Springdale, Arkansas. Also her grandchildren, Krissi Beeks and husband Will, Cara Morland and husband Daniel, Justin Loum, Aaron Loum and wife Crystal, Lauren Post and husband Landon, Brandon Pennington and wife Mary, Hayden Pennington and wife Kayla; and seven great grandchildren, survive her.

Visitation will be Friday, October 11th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Edwards Funeral Home. A celebration of Barabara’s life will be held Saturday, October 12th, 10:00am at Central Christian Church, 400 N. Waldron Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Will Beeks, Daniel Morland, Justin Loum, Aaron Loum, Landon Post, Brandon Pennington and Hayden Pennington.

Memorials in Barbara's honor may be sent to Heart to Heart Pregnancy Center, 417 South 16th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

To leave an online tribute, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com