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Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

5800 W 12TH ST, Little Rock, AR

OBITUARY

Michael Adam Birch

February 5, 1971March 18, 2020

Michael “Bircho” Birch was born in 1971 and passed away on March 16, 2020 at the age of 49 from natural causes. A dedicated and loving father, accomplished musician and friend to many, Bircho will be missed and leaves a gap in our family and community that can never be filled.

He is survived by his mother, Marcia Wilson; his father and stepmother, Calvin Phillip and Kennie Birch; his son and his son’s mother, William Joseph Birch and Rebecca Balboa; his sister, Mary Wingfield; his stepbrother and wife, Christopher New and Trisha Larson; and many more beloved family and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Floyd Wilson; grandmother, Jewell Wilson; and brother, Phillip Birch.

Bircho’s lifelong dedication to music and the local music community began as drummer for Trusty, a highly regarded Little Rock band. As a result of his friendly presence and musical talents he remains forever a beloved part of the music community in Little Rock, Arkansas, Austin, Texas and beyond. He took pride in his work as a barber, providing service to all in need of a haircut and shave whether they could pay for it or not. His dedication to sobriety served as a model to many. Above all else, he was a loving and dedicated father to his son. In many ways his life serves as a reminder to us all to hold close what is most important and always stay strong in our values. His charismatic smile and laugh are forever with us.

Due to the current circumstances of covid-19, funerary arrangements will be postponed. When the situation is optimal, a celebration of life will be held at Vino’s Pizza-Pub-Brewery. All are invited to attend and celebrate Bircho’s life. In lieu of flowers, monetary or needed items may be donated to The Van, homeless outreach, through their website - https://itsthevan.org - or at a drop-off location. Donations may also be made to the Wolfe Street Foundation, http://www.wolfestreet.org/. The family would like to thank the community for their outpouring of love and support. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add A Memory” at: www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com

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Fletcher Clement

March 29, 2020

#CHIPSWOOD

Amy Rollins

March 26, 2020

Ms Marcia - I’m so very sorry for your loss & have your family in my heart & my prayers. I remember playing with Michael when we were kids- in the Nursing home, out behind it, running through the kitchen & the laundry, climbing the trees in the front yard, & hanging out with our favorite little residents....& if I’m being honest, getting into some trouble & getting yelled at for being where we shouldn’t have been, lol......he was always so sweet to me. And when I “found” him again several years ago, he was still just as sweet. He was always looking out for the twins & Amanda when he saw them anywhere, as if they were his own little sisters....he had a huge heart, made a huge impact on folks and he will be greatly missed. I’m glad that our lives crossed paths. ❤️

Christa Lawrence-Masters

March 24, 2020

Bircho will always hold a special place in my heart. Funny, sweet, talented. Lots of Green Acres watching on B Street with me and Kelly Gardner in the ‘90s. He also helped me navigate around DC when I was doing my Montessori training. I hadn’t seen him lately but always craned my neck to see if I could see him cutting hair when I drove down Markham. RIP friend✨

Sara Floyd

March 24, 2020

💔 Bircho, thank you so much for your help and support this past year I couldn’t have held up as well without your kindness and empathy. I’m shocked and devastated by this loss. You were a wonderful, kind man on a good path. Rest In Power.

Savi Raught

March 22, 2020

I'm sending all of my love and psychic hugs to you, Bircho's friends and family. The memory I'd like to share occured around 1992 in Memphis. We were coming back from a show when we saw a woman being chased by two men. We pulled over and helped her into the van. We drove her home and stayed with her while she calmed down. She shared with us some very sad stories and I will never forget how empathetic and kind Bircho was. He was totally willing to help and to relate to a stranger. He was a good man and he is missed.

Jessi Cornett

March 22, 2020

Bircho was a dear, talented man that I’m so glad I had the pleasure of knowing. I will miss seeing all the positive directions his life was going and the love that he shared in regards to his work, music, humanity and mostly his son. Lots of love to everyone fortunate to know him and to most of all his family.

Janie Mabrysmith

March 22, 2020

I met Bircho in the summer of 1989 in the parking lot of what is now Vino's. He looked like a platinum sea urchin with his haircut, and I remember thinking he was hella cute, but I was from Conway and 2 years younger. ha. We became good friends over the years. We were in a band together at one point, maybe two, I can't remember, cause we were so young and stupid. Nevertheless, he was a fixture in my life, even though I didn't always know where to put him.

The last time I saw him in person was in 2013. He had moved to Seattle, briefly. I remember he spent Thanksgiving with me, my husband Ron, our kids, Richard Reynolds, his kids, and Tim and Mona. We ate so much food and laughed so hard. He loved to eat, especially fried chicken! And man, could he tell a story. If I'd only known.

I'm still in disbelief, and I am only now feeling this. It's never easy losing a friend, especially one as golden as Bircho. Love you, brother, always! See you on the other side!

janie

Shessa Pieroni

March 21, 2020

Such a kind man, even to those who didn’t really know him. But now that I see all the folks posting that did know him, It makes perfect sense. I’m so sorry for all of you that had the distinct pleasure of being part of his life. I know his kind smile and sweet demeanor will be remembered ❤️

Susan Griswold

March 21, 2020

I remember when I lived on Woodrow back in 90-93 and you showed up on my porch and for some reason asked me to help you get another set of dreads going. I sat in my porch swing and you on the floor and we talked for hours. Such a good person. The little brother I never had. Love to your family. He was a good man!!!

Kennedy Djimpe

March 21, 2020

I first met Bircho in late 2018 when I went in to get a haircut. We bonded quickly and became fast friends when we would talk about music and the like, especially since we both started as drummers. It was cool to meet an old punk who was happy and at peace with himself and I can confidently and gratefully say he was a good friend. He’ll be missed and forever loved

FROM THE FAMILY