Philip Baird Jr.

Philip Logan Baird, Jr., age 83, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, May 27, 2012. He was born February 17, 1929 at Roanoke, Va., a son of the late Philip Logan Baird and Christine Snyder Baird. Reared and educated in Roanoke, he graduated from Virginia Tech University in 1950 with a degree in engineering. He also served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and the National Guard for a several years.

He worked for Blue Bell, Inc. and retired as vice-president of manufacturing in the boots division in Nashville, Tenn. after over 30 years of service. He resided in Hendersonville, Tenn. for many years prior to moving to Pine Bluff in 2006.

He was a former member of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, where he was a former choir member, vestryman, church treasurer, and altar server. While living in Pine Bluff, he was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir and was an altar server. Phil was an avid golfer, bridge, and tennis player. He was the 1986 State Champion in Men’s 55 and over single tennis in the Tennessee Closed Tournament; champion of the Greater Nashville closed in 1989 in the Men’s 60 and over division.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Crisp Baird, whom he married on April 28, 1956 at Roanoke; his children, Philip L. Baird III of Pittsburgh, Pa., Lisa Baird Fleming and husband Max Fleming Jr. of Pine Bluff, and Christopher A. Baird and wife Miriam of Nashville; grandchildren Callie, Logan, Caroline, Max III, Andrew, and Kaitie; a sister, Ann Logan Weaver and husband Richard Weaver of Wilmington, NC; and a brother-in-law, H.K. Crisp of Huntington, W.V. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Grace Church Memorial Garden by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603; or to St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 103 Country Club Dr. Hendersonville, Tenn., 37075.

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