Mary Bird

Mary Elizabeth Bird (Griffith)

Thursday, March 29th, 1934 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Mary Elizabeth (Griffith) Bird went home to be with her Lord on March 23, 2020. Born March 29, 1934 in the Chilton House, St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia to Lorimer Donald Griffith and Alice Elizabeth (Morgan) Griffith. She was born again into the family of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ on July 25, 1950 during a tent revival in Rand, West Virginia, conducted by Rev. Ralph Matthews and Rev. Otis E. Caldwell, who later founded the Grace Baptist Temple, St. Albans, West Virginia, where she was baptized and became a member. The family relocated to Greenville, South Carolina in 1968 where they were members of Southside Baptist Church.

She graduated St. Albans High School, St. Albans, WV in the Class of 1952.

Her Morgan ancestors came from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia in 1846 and settled on land which is currently the site of the John Amos Power Plant, Morgan’s Landing, Putnam County, WV. This land was originally owned by Dr. James Craik, George Washington’s physician and was the home of Morgan’s Museum of Natural History from 1926-73.

Surviving are her seven children, Michelle Bird Rosier of Greenville, SC, John Edward Bird of Taylors, SC, Martha Bird Thompson of Greer, SC, Sherry Bird Gorsline of Lilburn, GA, Bonita Bird Nowak and Rosemary Bird White of Atlanta, GA, Philip Michael Bird of Butler, TN, fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Jodie Griffith Jividen of Dunbar, WV, and her brother, Curtis Lee Griffith of Proctorville, OH.

She was a member of the St. Albans Historical Society and also of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hobbies were painting, antiques, writing, genealogy—she even wrote an autobiography and a book about her Morgan history.

A graveside service will be held at 2pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Graceland East Memorial Park, Simpsonville, SC.
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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 2:00pm
    Graceland East Cemetery
    2206 Woodruff Road
    Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681
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