SSG Edgar J. Baird, 82, U.S. Army (Retired) of Columbus, Georgia, died Thursday May 16, 2013. Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Wednesday May 22nd in the chapel of Strriffler-Hamby Mortuary, 3770 Hwy 431 N/280 W, Phenix City, Alabama, 36867 with the Reverend Don Wilhite officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at the funeral home.
Mr. Baird was born December 26, 1930 in Winside, Nebraska, son of the late Charles Baird and Henrietta Frahn Baird. He retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of service including service in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and other military awards and citations. He also had been employed by Ebco Battery in Columbus and was a member of the Fortson Rd. Church of God of Prophecy of Columbus, GA. and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other than his parents Mr. Baird is preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Baird, brothers, Russell Baird, Warren Baird and sister, Doris Woodward.
Survivors include his daughters , Carol Figueroa and husband Miguel, Linnie Berklite , sons,, Dennis Fahnestock and wife Janice, stepdaughter, Dorothy Moore and husband, Doug, stepson, Raymond J. Hack, brother, Earl Baird, sister, Alice Woodward, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Rd., Columbus, GA., 31909. To offer condolences please visit www.shphenixcity.com.
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