James David Bird, Sr., a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was born Oct. 14, 1933 in Forbes, Missouri, a son of James Hutcheson and Mabel Gray (Scott) Bird. He departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, at the age of 78 years.
Dave proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was of the Methodist faith and was the first President of the Lions Club in Eureka Springs 1973. He was inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 1984, was president of the Arkansas Motel Association in 1973/74, presented the Arkansas Golden Key Award from the Arkansas Motel Association in 1975. He served on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Eureka Springs/Cornerstone Bank for 30 years and was a member of the Eureka Springs High School Board from 1970-1979. Dave received numerous awards from the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce since 1967 for his many accomplishments in the promotion of Eureka Springs. He was a faithful supporter of the Passion Play from its inception.
On September 2, 1956, Dave was united in marriage with Shirley Josephine Willford who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Debbie Colvin of Eureka Springs; two brothers, Kenneth Bird of Eureka Springs, and Stephen Bird and wife Debbie of Walden, Colo.; two sons, Jack Hensley and wife Daphne of Monett, Mo. and Ernie Moses and wife Pam of Tallahassee, Fla; one niece, Rebecca and husband Thomas Achord of Eureka Springs; one great-niece, Emily Achord; five grandchildren, Magen, Amanda and Emma Kate Hensley and Hannah and Waylon Hoover; several other relatives and friends.
Davewas preceded in death by his parents James and Mabel Bird and one son, James David Bird, Jr.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Faith Christian Family Church with Reverend Stan Adams officiating. Interment was in the Fuller/McClung Cemetery in a private ceremony. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o First National Bank of Green Forest, Attention: Tiffany Ball, P.O. Box 272, Berryville, AR 72616 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.