William O. (Red) Baird

Born on October 7, 1934

Departed on December 31, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Age 84. Passed away peacefully early New Years Eve morning, at NHC Place Cool Springs, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Mitchell Baird, his sweetheart of over 62 years. He was preceded in death by his son Barton Van Baird, parents Paul H. and Rosie Longworth Baird, brothers Frank and Harry Baird, sister Dorothy Anne Monroe. He is survived by the family of son Barton Van Baird-Tara (Tom,Jr),Thomas III, and Allison Arcuri; Willam (Jessica), Abigail, Bailey, and Austen Lynn Baird; son Barry Ernest Baird (Joseph Taylor) William Blake Baird, Laura Taylor, Brent Taylor; son Bradford Paul Baird, and daughter RoseAnne (Patrick), Benjamin Paul, Rebekah Anne, Elisabeth Rose, Hannah Claire, and Andrew John Sullivan. Also survived by sisters Mae Frances Keeton and Paula Hendricks, close nieces and nephews, and extended family.

He was born on Alabama Ave and was very proud to be from West Nashville. He attended Cohn High School, then joined the US Navy, serving on the USS Dashiell DD 659. He was so grateful to march in each annual Veteran’s Day Parade’s through 2018. Later, he was employed for many years by the US Postal Service and chose “walking” mail routes. He thoroughly enjoyed playing sports and was known for his competitive nature. He competed for many years in the Senior Olympics, winning medals as recently as September 2018. He was most proud of being able to compete as partners with his daughter, RoseAnne, during the last four years.

William dearly loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and touched many lives through his example and service to others. In 1968, he was called to the ministry and pastored churches in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He was a member of Big Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church. He loved and was loved by his pastor and church family. William loved life! His greatest pleasure was being with his family and he was happiest when they were together.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2018 with Bro. Doyle Hurst officiating. Burial will be held 2:00 p.m. on Monday at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at West Harpeth Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church in care of Brother Glen Dodson, Sr. 6608 Flushing Dr. College Grove, TN 37046.

12 Comments to William O. (Red) Baird

  1. Steve_Darla Hunt says:

    Upon hearing of Bro Bill’s passing, our thoughts were directed toward II Samuel 3:38…”Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? However, we are rejoicing in Psalm 116:15…Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Bro. Bill belong to the Lord and is now face to face with his Savior. We are asking the Almighty to grant each family member a peace that passes understanding as well as reconciling grace.

  2. Bonnie Holt Broadway-Bibbee says:

    William (Red) Baird was a wonderful person and inspiration. He was so much fun to be around, and I loved being in his and his family’s company. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.We take comfort in knowing he is with the Lord I will never forget his kindness to me and my family. I claim them all as my family. I was married to Troy for 29 years.

  3. Bonnie Bibbee says:

    see above

  4. Ronald Campbell says:

    R I P
    We will miss you, but know your are in a better place.
    You will be missed by all your friends at the Ashland City Senior Center.

    Ron Campbell

  5. Jacqui Foley and Family says:

    Such a wonderful welcoming man, his beautiful smile will be sorely missed at church.

  6. cary freeman says:

    I had the pleasure of playing with Red through badminton over the past 10 years. He was a delightful man to play the game. He brought joy and laughter to the serious skills of the game. And he taught me that win or lose everyone benefits from the play. He will dearly be missed but not forgotten.

  7. Judy (Dishner) Patterson says:

    Sadden to learn of Red’s sudden illness & now his passing. As a ’54 Cohn classmate there are many memories through the school years & class reunions. God bless Ernestine & family/friends.

  8. Mike Armstrong says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with y’all during this difficult time. Great memories of your time in Flaorence and Leighton.

  9. Donnel Douglas says:

    We at Big Harpeth will miss Brother Baird very much. His wisdom, people skills, knowledge of the Bible, loving gentlemanly conduct, and love for the Lord inspired us all.

    He would often describe another Christian as “He loved the Lord” and it was obvious that brother Baird did. He would greet each of us with a smile at church and when he would visit us when we were unable to come. His smile had an additional twinkle when a family member came in.

    He certainly did not want to describe our fellowship lunches as “fast food”. He would fill his first plate with desserts and then go get the meat. He was usually the last to finish.

    It is hard for words to describe my love for Brother William. Thanks for being our friend and we’ll see you again when we all get home.

  10. Anil Pandya says:

    Since I started Badminton at West Park, I was hoping to see old Badminton buddies of Cohn there and I had Red in mind. Unfortunately, Red gave us a sad surprise. But then he is on the other side with his creator where we all are going to meet some day. Maybe he can pass some good words for us and keep the grounds prepared for us. A new place takes time to get used to.
    May God give strength, courage, divine understanding to all his Family members.
    Bye Friend.


  11. Sue Buchanan says:

    Barry & Joe … I loved reading the entries about your daddy, Barry. He was so loved. He was obviously engaging & fun! I relate to the post about him eating dessert first! Me too. I’ve learned he was a man of God, which is the most assuring statement that can be made. Sending my love. Sue Buchanan

  12. John Pigg says:

    “Red” was an inspiration to me both on and off the court. When I first became acquainted with “Red” he showed me that badminton could be played competitively with a gentle spirit. As I got to know Red, I discovered more and more about his character. Red believed what he believed and he was unwavering and constant. I enjoyed Red’s company both on and off the badminton court. One of my fondest memories was to play against Red and his daughter, RoseAnne, at the Tennessee Senior Olympics. All the players on the court were winners that day! Farewell to a life well lived.

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