F.A. "Buddy" Bird, 92, of Woodson, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at an Abilene hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Lucas & Blessing Funeral Home Chapel, 518 SW Johnson Ave., in Burleson. Burial will be at Laurel Land Memorial Park, 201 W. Bufford St, in Burleson, under the direction of Bailey-Howard Funeral Home of Clyde. Buddy was born May 8, 1921, in Fort Worth, to Jessie and Minnie Bird. He served during World War II with the 2nd Marine Division in the South Pacific from 1940 to 1945. He retired from the Fort Worth Fire Department in 1981 to Possum Kingdom Lake. He has lived at his daughter's ranch in Woodson for the past 12 years. Buddy is survived by three sons, Les Bird and wife Melanie of Barnsdall, Okla., Rex Bird and wife Helen of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Mark Bird and wife Debbie of Possum Kingdom Lake; one daughter, Aletha Creech and husband Eugene of Abilene, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Johnston Bird, in 1987; his brother, Terrell Bird; and his sister, Hazel Bird. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made at www.baileyhowardfuneralhome.com.

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