SSG Edgar J. Baird USA (RET)

December 26, 1930May 16, 2013

SSG Edgar J. Baird, 82, U.S. Army (Retired) of Columbus, Georgia, died Thursday May 16, 2013. Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Wednesday May 22nd in the chapel of Strriffler-Hamby Mortuary, 3770 Hwy 431 N/280 W, Phenix City, Alabama, 36867 with the Reverend Don Wilhite officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at the funeral home.

Mr. Baird was born December 26, 1930 in Winside, Nebraska, son of the late Charles Baird and Henrietta Frahn Baird. He retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of service including service in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and other military awards and citations. He also had been employed by Ebco Battery in Columbus and was a member of the Fortson Rd. Church of God of Prophecy of Columbus, GA. and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other than his parents Mr. Baird is preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Baird, brothers, Russell Baird, Warren Baird and sister, Doris Woodward.

Survivors include his daughters , Carol Figueroa and husband Miguel, Linnie Berklite , sons,, Dennis Fahnestock and wife Janice, stepdaughter, Dorothy Moore and husband, Doug, stepson, Raymond J. Hack, brother, Earl Baird, sister, Alice Woodward, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Rd., Columbus, GA., 31909. To offer condolences please visit

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  • Visitation Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 22, 2013


  • Interment

SSG Edgar J. Baird USA (RET)

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Dorothy Moore

June 24, 2013

Paw, I can't tell you how much I, Doug, Haley, Brad, & Travis miss you. You were a wonderful stepdad to me and Ray and you loved and cared for us as if we were your very own. Our mom loved you so much and she and each of us appreciate and love you for all you did for her when she was living life to the fullest and when in her last few months she was preparing to leave us. You took such good care of her and she wanted you by her side always. God brought you home just two months after mom and I know it is because you both wanted to be together again and now you are in heaven where there is no pain or sorrow but only peace, comfort, and eternal joy. We will see you again some day. In the meantime, we will never forget what you meant to each of us for the 28 years we had together. I will love and miss you forever!

Sandra Jesus

May 22, 2013

Carol, Dennis & Janice - May peace be in your hearts during this time and always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well as our hands, hearts and ears are here for you. Sandy & Sam Jesus

carol figueroa

May 21, 2013

daddy i will miss you so much ,hope you are jejocing with the family and will see you again

May 21, 2013

May the love of family and friends carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brenda and Andy Hancock

May 21, 2013

We will miss you Dad, we love you and hope that you are happy and are rejoicing with your family and loved ones in Heaven! Until we see you again, we love you!

Dennis, Janice, Amberly, and Paul Fahnestock

Brenda Davis

May 20, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.