John Henson Bird, 69, of Gainesville, FL passed away November 21, 2013 at E.T. York Haven Hospice. He was born April 17, 1944 in Charleston, WV to Roscoe Henson Bird and Gertrude Cummings Bird.
Mr. Bird had served in the National Guard and was an automotive service manager employed at Santa Fe Ford in Alachua, FL and previously employed at Harvey Shreve Ford in St. Albans, WV and as a district service manager for Saab Scania. He was a member of University City Church of Christ, a 32 degree mason, member of Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, and a Master Mason of Nitro, WV, Lodge #170. He also belonged to the Gainesville Street Rods and enjoyed driving his 1947 Ford Coupe ‘Maggie”.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Bird. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Lowry Bird; son, Gregory Bird (Angela) of Ft. White, FL; daughter, Ranae Bird of Gainesville, FL; brother, Larry Bird (Vickie) of Texarkana, TX; sister-in-law, Christine Bird of Healdsburg, CA; grandchildren, Porcha Cannon and Natasha Breen (Michael); great-grandchildren, Dustin Cannon, Jr., Chesnie Breen and Bentlee Breen of Ft. White, FL as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32609 on Monday, November 25, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 with visitation one hour prior at Forest Meadows Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rodeheaver Boy’s Ranch or Haven Hospice of Gainesville.