Damie Louella Bird met her Lord and Savior on Friday, September 29, 2017 following complic ations from a heart procedure. Damie was born to James Benjamin and Alice Childs on August 22, 1929. She grew up in Dalton, Georgia but had been a resident of Unicoi since moving to Unicoi County in 1960.
Damie graduated from Herron School of Business in Dalton and was employed as an office clerk for many years. She married Urban S. Bird in 1956 with whom she had three children. Following the birth of their first daughter, Damie resigned her employment to become a full time homemaker and stay-at-home mother. While raising her daughters, Damie became a self-taught seamstress, sewing clothes for her girls. Mrs. Bird was an active room mother, a Brownie Troop Leader, and attended regular PTA meetings during her daughters’ grade school years.
Throughout her life Damie was active in church, serving as children’s Sunday school teacher and choir member. She also completed training and served as a volunteer for Contact Ministries in Johnson City. Damie loved children and for a time, she took a position with a church-affiliated daycare center where she worked with 3 and 4 year olds.
Damie stood by her husband, Urban when he decided to give up his career at Nuclear Fuel Services to become a full-time artist and eventually became his matte cutter in the business.
When the family opened Woodsmoke Campground in Unicoi, Mrs. Bird took care of the office by accepting phone reservations, registering guests, and maintaining reservation records on the computer. Damie enjoyed writing poetry and won honorable mention after entering several contests with her work. Since 2005, Damie had been an active church member at Downtown Christian Church in Johnson City. Damie’s grocery shopping day was on Fridays and she was seen regularly at Earthfare and Food City in Johnson City and Wal-Mart in Unicoi. Every afternoon between 2-3:00 PM she sipped on a cup of decaf coffee and ate one chocolate chip cookie. On Saturdays and Sundays the tradition was done at McDonalds.
In addition to her parents, Damie was preceded in death by her sister, Fannie Walls, her husband, Urban S. Bird, and his 5 brothers and 1 of his sisters.
Left to mourn her loss are her three daughters, Aldebaran Bird of Joanna, SC, Vega Crummer (and her husband Richard Crummer) of Unicoi, and Alice Bird also of Unicoi, two nephews, James Walls and Phillip Walls of Chattsworth, GA (the children of her sister, Fannie), Tennessee Wilson of Dalton, GA (her husband’s sister), and a host of other nieces and nephews through her husband’s siblings and her special friends.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P. M. on Monday, October 2, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Dr. Eddie Fine and Dr. Robert Wetzel will officiate. Pallbearers will be Ushers of Downtown Christian Church. Everyone is asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home by 12:30 P. M. on Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to Downtown Christian Church, 335 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601.
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