Charles L. Baird, 88, of the Statesville Community, died Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his five children and devoted dog, Molly.
He was born January 10, 1928 in Lascassas, TN in the Twelve Corners Community, son of the late Leland Theophilus and Sarah Irene Baskin Baird.
Charles was preceded in death by four brothers, Zylo Wilson, Robert "Possum", Dudley and Gairy Baird; sister, Elizabeth Berwick and beloved granddaughter, Grace Lauren Baird.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was employed by the State of Tennessee for 28 years as a nurse and after retirement enjoyed working at several local restaurants.
Charles was a member of the Auburntown Church of Christ. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, flowers, raising chickens and spending time with his many friends and family. He was an active member of the Alexandria Senior Citizens, Statesville Grange and Statesville Home Demonstration Club.
Charles is survived by his children, Sara (Willie) Patton of Statesville, Larry (Hazel) Baird of Lebanon, Terry (Sonya) Baird of Woodbury, Renee’ (Anthony) Hutchison of Morrison and Lisa Baird of Woodbury; sister, Christine Huddleston of Murfreesboro; 10 grandchildren, Josh (Shelly) Patton, Amanda Patton, Matthew "Bert" (Joyce) Patton, Joh Baird, Lauren Baird, Jeremy (Jana) Baird, Tara Baird Ervin, Holly Baird, Brent and Brandon Hutchison; six great-grandchildren, Several nieces and nephews; dear honorary daughter, Sarah Harrington and his beloved dog, Molly.
Funeral services were held February 9, 2016 at Hunter Funeral Home. Bro. David Dunn and Bro. Robert Amason officiated with burial following at Republic Grove Cemetery in Rutherford County.
Pallbearers included; Anthony, Brent and Brandon Hutchison, Willie, Josh and Bert Patton, Jeremy and Clint Baird.
Honorary pallbearers; Luther Greer, Bobby Crook, Claude Wilson Brawner, David Yoest, the Statesville honorary Mr. Baird "Fire & Rescue", and the men and women of the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center.
Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown were in charge of the arrangements.
February 10, 2016