Ellie Bird Obituary, Death – Ellie Bird, who resided in Forkland and was 89 years old at the time of her death on May 1, 2015, died away peacefully in the comfort of her own home. The start time of the services is going to be 14.00. Trinity Episcopal Church in Demopolis played host to the event on May 4, 2015, and the Reverends J. D. Barnes and David Powell presided over the service as the ministers of the word. Following the conclusion of the service, the interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery under the auspices of the Demopolis Chapel of Kirk Funeral Homes.
Following the event, Jim and Lib Bird will have a reception at their home for those who were able to attend the ceremony. The following members of her family are still living: her husband, James “Jim” Whitfield Bird of Forkland; her daughters, Grace Bird Sneed and Avery MacEachin Bird, both of Tuscaloosa, and Avery MacEachin Bird, of Gulf Shores; her sons, James Whitfield “Dusty” Bird, Jr. and Judy of Hoover, and Archie Mafus Bird and Paula of Forkland; her brother, Lee Otts and Mary Frances.
Elizabeth Otts Bird was born to the late Archie Bald Bruce MacEachin and Elizabeth McMillan Otts on May 19, 1925 in Greensboro, Alabama. Her mother’s maiden name was McMillan. Her mother and father had both passed away at this point. Mrs. Bird received the award for being the student who excelled the highest in her class while she was a student at Greensboro High School. While Mrs. Bird was a student at Greensboro High School, she also worked afternoons at the Greensboro Watchman.
Her fondness for working in the field of journalism grew over the course of her life, and as a direct result, she attended the University of Alabama to obtain a degree in this area of study. She broke barriers by being the first woman in the history of the Birmingham News to ever cover the police beat. Her final job in the media industry was as a feature writer for The Tuscaloosa News, where she had worked for many years.