Gary C. Birdsong

March 20, 1943June 3, 2018

Gary C. Birdsong left this world Sunday, June 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Natalie Erin, his parents, James and Dorothy Birdsong, and his sister Claudia Ramsey. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Brenda, his son Jason and wife Amanda, and their children, Brady and Bree Birdsong. He was a giving and caring man with so many close relationships with lots of special friends. He came to Tulare after graduation from Fresno State as Director of Parks and Recreation. He was also acting City Manager twice. He joined Shannon Bros Co. as an employee in 1975, and soon bought in as a partner. He expanded the company to coastal grape hauling. He was also a partner in TCCBI, a composting company and several other businesses. He recently became very involved with Visalia Senior Housing through St. Paul’s Anglican Church. He loved spending time with his grandchildren at the beach, golfing and the Dodgers. Celebration of Life services will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 N. Locust Street in Visalia, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in his name or Valley Children’s Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.


  • Gary is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Brenda, his son Jason and wife Amanda, and their children, Brady and Bree Birdsong.


  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gary C. Birdsong

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Paula Draeger

June 13, 2018

There is a new angel in heaven now.

Rich and Jodi Seubert

June 12, 2018

Even though we only knew him for a few short years, he and his family became close friends of ours and welcomed us into their home on many special holiday occasions. You are surely loved and will be missed by many! A very proud man who loved his family unconditionally. Rest in peace Gary

Judy Engleka

June 12, 2018

Merle and I were so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts. We are unable to attend the memorial service but please know we’re thinking of you. Merle remembers the last time we visited with Gary at church he was concerned about Merles health. Such a nice man. Brenda, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Berdell Spellman

June 8, 2018

I went to school with Gary. I am saddened that he is no longer with us. My heart goes out to Brenda and Gary's family and to his many good friends. I will miss Gary's sincerity and his good hearted nature.