|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1917|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2007|
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March 29, April 1, 2007:
Edmond resident The Rev. R. Scott Baird, 90, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, at his home in Edmond.
Scott Baird was born March 23, 1917, in rural Lincoln County, North of Meeker.
He graduated from Meeker High School and earned his B.A. degree at Phillips University in Enid. He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1939. He completed the equivalent of the Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in 1942. As a student, he preached at Christian Churches in Meeker, Kendrick, Davenport, and Billings.
Rev. Baird was named Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church in Shawnee, where he served two terms as pastor (1948-1955 and 1967-1978). He also served as pastor of First Christian Church, Blytheville, Ark., (1942-1947), Village Christian Church, Oklahoma City (1955-1964), and as Associate Pastor at First Christian in Oklahoma City (1965-1967).
During his active ministry, Baird guided three congregations in the building of new sanctuaries - (Blytheville, Shawnee, and The Village). He also successfully conducted capital campaigns, including over $500,000 for the Shawnee Senior Citizens Center; $140,000 for the pipe organ at Shawnee First Christian , and $60,000 for Phillips Theological Seminary.
Upon retirement from First Christian Church in Shawnee in 1978, Baird served as Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Shawnee for three years. He was active in church and civic affairs throughout his life, including President of the Ministerial Association, Chairman of the Good Neighbor Campaign, and Coordinator of the Shawnee Emergency Food Center. He was honored with the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year Award in 1978 and as Oklahoma Department of Human Services "Outstanding Volunteer" in 1983.
Baird is survived by his wife, Mona Holt Baird; one sister, Charlotte Hampton of Yukon; four children, daughter, Beth Gerardy of Edmond, son, Bob Baird and wife, Ann, of Austin, Texas, son, David Baird and wife, Janice, of Kansas City, Mo., son, Russell Baird and wife, Tammy, of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Walker Funeral Service in Shawnee followed by burial at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunnyside Cemetery North of Meeker, conducted by the Rev. Milo Steffen.
Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Hills Christian Church, 3207 S. Boulevard, Edmond, with the Rev. Gary Byrkit and the Rev. Pam McGrath officiating.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Southern Hills Christian Church Debt Reduction Fund, 3207 S. Boulevard in Edmond, OK, 73013 or to the First Christian Church in Shawnee, 1625 N. Broadway, Shawnee, OK 74804.
Created by: Kay Sugg Best
Record added: Mar 29, 2007
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