Loretta McDevitt Birdwell

February 1, 1935February 1, 2019

Loretta June McDevitt Birdwell of Knoxviile passed away on February 1, 2019, her 84th birthday. Loretta was born in Bristol, Virginia in 1935 to June McDevitt and Mary Lee Hopkins McDevitt Westmoreland. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, J. Frank Birdwell, to whom she was married for 58 years. Lorretta was a devoted wife and a caring mother. A longtime resident of Knoxville, she was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her brother James McDevitt (Louise), daughters Jeannie Lacy (Steve) and Carol Bales (Eddie), son Joe Birdwell (Leigh), 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. The family will have a private service under the direction of Berry Highland West. In Lieu of flowers please make memorials to the American Lung Association, American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601. Condolences may be offered at


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