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Mrs. Katherine Bird

February 19, 2018
Mrs. Katherine Whaley Bird, age 96, passed away peacefully Monday, February 12, surrounded by her loving family.

The Chatham County native moved to Stilson with her family as a child and attended Stilson School. She and her family later moved to Statesboro, where she graduated from The Lab School at Georgia Teacher’s College. She was a member of Pittman Park United Methodist Church, and previously a member of Langston United Methodist Church. Katherine was active in the Senior Center at the Statesboro Department of Parks and Recreation, where she looked forward to meeting with her friends.

Katherine loved to sew, knit, crochet and in recent years, she loved putting together puzzles.

As a pastor’s wife, Katherine was very involved with the church and particularly the UMW, and held many positions in that organization.

As a mother, she provided the family with much love and devotion.

Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Horace Bird; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Whaley Sr.; two brothers, George Whaley Jr. and Frank Whaley; two sisters, Eleanor Still and Hilda Wilson; son-in-law, Wendell Waters; and great-grandsons, Stephen Cepec and Joseph Pierson.

Mrs. Bird is survived by her twin daughters, Lannette Edenfield and her husband, Randy; and Annette Waters; two sons, Carl Bird and his wife, Rita; and Larry Bird and his wife, Sunshine; brothers, Donald Whaley and his wife, Jan; and Johnny Whaley; sister, Sue Whaley Brannen and her husband, Bill, all of Statesboro; sisters-in-law, Caroline Whaley of Statesboro and Elsie Whaley of Pooler; eight grandchildren, Keith Edenfield and his wife, Angie; Dianne Schol and her husband, Rusty; Sandra Cepec and her husband, Ralph; Debra Pierson and her husband, Clay; Rhonda Bird, David Bird and his wife, Wendy; Christie Williams and her husband, David; and Karen Gore and her husband, Jason; 20 great-grandchildren, great-granddaughter-in-law, Melanie Cepec; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, February 16, at Pittman Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Bagwell and the Rev. David Blalock officiating.

Burial followed in Middleground Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Bird, Keith Edenfield, Nickolas (Nick) Edenfield, Nathaniel Schol, Daniel Pierson and Samuel Cepec.

Please visit the online memorial at to sign the guestbook and share fond memories with the Bird family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.

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