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Lawrence Winifred "Larry" Bird

November 6, 1950 – June 18, 2021


Lawrence “Larry” Winifred Bird, 70, of Merkel, passed away on June 18, 2021, at his home. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, June 20, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, June 21, with Tommy Ross of Buffalo Gap officiating. Burial will follow at Midway Cemetery in Hodges. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.

Larry was born in Abilene to Lawrence Winifred and Mattie Lee Bird on November 6, 1950. He went to school at Merkel. He graduated from Merkel High School in 1969. He married Donna Potter on September 3, 1971, in Snyder, Texas. Larry worked as a Sales Representative for Altria for 33 years. He was involved in Western Little League and a member of the Well Health Care Center, where he made many friends over the years. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved to hunt for arrowheads in his spare time and attend his grandchildren’s sporting events. Larry enjoyed watching football games, especially the Dallas Cowboys and going to and listening to Texas Country Music at the Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival. Larry never met a stranger and was loved by all.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Winifred Bird and Mattie Lee Bird, and two sons, Trey Bird and Joshua Bird.

Larry is survived by his wife, Donna Bird; son, Joel Bird and wife LaDonna of Trent; daughter, Kim and husband Joe Sherrod of Stephenville, daughter, Kelly and husband Casey Truman of Tye; two sisters, Virginia Whisenhunt of Abilene and Deanna Pursley of Buffalo Gap; as well as nine grandchildren: LaKayla Breneman, Tanner Bird, Joshua Sherrod, Riley Bird, Kadence Tindall, Tarryn Bird, Katelyn Sherrod, Lane Seaton, and Robert Bird.

Pallbearers will be Calvin Rister, Jon Yarbrough, Brian Potter, Jeff Potter, Curt Whisenhunt, Cliff Whisenhunt, and Todd Whisenhunt.