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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Henry Jackson BIRDWELL III

May 9, 1943June 28, 2020

Henry Jackson BIRDWELL was born on May 9, 1943 and passed away on June 28, 2020 and is under the care of Sunset Funeral Home.

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Mike Hudson

July 8, 2020

Being a member of the Winston Churchill HS football team was an honor and a privilege. Walking into Coach Birdwell's training room was like walking into any head coach's office that I've ever entered - He was the head coach of the training room. He always treated me with respect, but not kid gloves. He will be a part of Churchill Charger football forever, and it would not have been successful without him. Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Mike Hudson

Ann Meyer

July 6, 2020

Hank Birdwell was one of a kind. I first met him as a vice-principal when I arrived at Churchill to teach French in fall 1986.

With Hank’s domineering presence and deep voice, he seemed rather daunting but he was really a teddy bear at heart. He was always so supportive of our community at Churchill. He never had a negative attitude, but always one of leadership. Often in situations of conflict, Hank’s response would be, “Let’s see how we can make this work for everyone -administration, teachers, parents, and students. Why are we here if not for all our students?”

Hank was an incredible asset to Churchill and NEISD. He will always be remembered by those who knew him. May he Rest In Peace.

Mike Baker

July 6, 2020

Blessings to the families and rest the soul.

Charlie Boggess

July 4, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Hanks passing. As a young coach at Churchill I was always amazed at Hanks ability to never be in a bad mood, or at least I never saw one!! Being around Hank was just always just plain old fun. There are few people with that quality and that’s how I’ll remember him, a true professional, a gentleman and mentor!! Love ya Hank!! Charlie

Kim Barker

July 3, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this. He was an excellent administrator and mentor to me, a Churchill teacher. He could be blunt - calling it like he saw it, and also very funny. He always lifted my spirits when I was around him. RIP. You were one in a million!

Virginia Guerrero

July 3, 2020

Hank was a source of smiles, bringing light to the room or situation, yet he earned the respect of the Churchill family for his way of dealing with the kids. I’m thankful I knew him and sorry the world his lost a good man.

Hugh Patterson

July 2, 2020

Coach Birdwell was one of the people that made being in athletics very special at Churchill. You feared him as a freshman (just one step in the training room with your cleats on) and counted him as a friend as a senior. My prayers go out to his family. He touched many lives. Rest In Peace Coach Birdwell.

Valerie Burleson

July 2, 2020

A wonderful man,. The little man with a giant heart. Thank you for believing in me. God's gotcha. Family just know he always gave his best. Stay strong much love.

Tish Moore

July 2, 2020

Hank was a unique man! He would laugh with you, pat you on the shoulder and then say something wildly funny! I worked with Hank in the gym when I worked with the dance/drill team. He would be more than kind when I took an injured girl to him for help. I was an English teacher and he observed my classroom. His evaluations were some true and some he would embellish at times!
Everyone knew Hank who was a funny man and that he loved WC and all of the people that passed through the doors!

Carolyn Alley

July 2, 2020

It's been 35 years since I've seen Hank, but I have wonderful memories of what a happy, clever, caring man he was. All the athletes respected and loved him. My condolences to the family. Heaven is a happier place now that Hank's there.

FROM THE FAMILY