December 10, 2011
Charles Allen "Charlie" Bird
Prominent Midlander and Midland College friend, Charles Allen "Charlie" Bird, 77, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2011, in the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Charlie was born December 2, 1934, in Midland to Ethel (Williams) and Freeman Allen Bird. He attended high school at Allen Military Academy in Bryan. He also attended Texas Christian University. Charlie married Kay Bast on June 29, 1974, in Midland.
He was a past president and/or director of Ruidoso Jockey Club, Racquet Club, Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Hereford Association and Texas Angus Association. He was a member of Shikar Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club International, NRA, and Masonic Lodge, as a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Midland. Charlie was a prominent businessman and rancher. He was especially interested in fishing, hunting and all aspects of the horse, bull riding and rodeo.
He was devoted to his family and immensely proud of their accomplishments, and they in him. They will cherish the many memories. Charlie will be remembered for his honesty, integrity and possessing the highest standard of honor and conduct, his sense of humor and sound judgment. His smile could light up a room and his laughter was contagious.
Survivors include wife, Kay of Midland; daughters, Kathy Bird Taylor and husband Craig of Houston and Elizabeth Bird Kinsey and husband Rob of Sturgis, Michigan; grandchildren, Kathryn Taylor, Noah Kinsey, Luke Kinsey and Thomas Kinsey; and numerous other family members.
The family expresses special thanks to loyal and loved employees: Annie Thomas, Soledad Primera, Manuel Catano, Loreen Broom, Mary Sullivan, Luke Lucerno, Tim Bob Wilson, and Jim White.
Memorials may be made to the Dr. Gregory Bartha Scholarship at Midland College, online at Give a Gift, or you may mail your donation to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD • MIDLAND, TX 79705