Richard Denmar Bird

August 13, 1933June 30, 2020

NASHVILLE - Richard Denmar Bird, 86, a prominent Nashville attorney for almost 60 years, died June 30, 2020, with his wife and children at his bedside.

A resident of Nashville since attending Vanderbilt University in 1950, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1954, and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1959. He received his license to practice law in March of that year and was later accepted into the American Bar Association and elected as a Fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He was a partner at Gracey, Madden, Cowan, and Bird until 1987, during which time he served twice as President of the Nashville Bar Association. In 1987, he joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz where he practiced until his retirement in 2016. One of his law partners said at his retirement “Richard made all his friends clients, and his clients friends.” That speaks so much about the man he was.

His college days were highlighted by his exceptional camaraderie with his Sigma Chi Fraternity brothers. After college, they remained in touch, traveled together, and still shared lunch every month.

His passions included photography and tennis.

Richard was born August 13, 1933, to Julius Broyles (JB) and Hattie Mae Bird in Bristol, Virginia, and grew up in Bristol, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife Cherry; children Richard Bird Jr. (William Taylor) and Sally Einstman (Neil), stepchildren Keith Grisham (Brooke); and Ashley Barbeau (Sean), and his grandchildren Andrew and Palmer Einstman and Ainsley and Jack Barbeau. He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Celia Fite Bird.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on August 13, 2020 - his 87th birthday - from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home at 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, Tenn. Memories and prayers will be offered at 6:00 p.m.


13 August

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park

Nashville I & II Suites

660 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN 37204


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Joe Giles

July 3, 2020

Dear Richard and William, I know this is a very difficult time. I'm thinking of you and the rest of the family as you experience this great loss. Peace be with you. Joe

robert mcdowell

July 3, 2020

Richard was an outstanding lawyer and a true Southern gentlemen. During our many lunches together he charmed us with his stories of his most recent international trip and his plans for the next one. He will be greatly missed.


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