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John Birrel Bernard
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1891
Huntsville
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1969
Palestine
Anderson County
Texas, USA

John Birrel Bernard was my paternal grandfather, known affectionately as Daddy Birrel to his 4 grandchildren, Mike, Paula, Donna and Vickie.

Birrel was the 3rd of 5 children born to John Porter and Willie Mae Brown. He was born in Madison County, Alabama on April 28, 1891. His mother died about 1900, approximately 2 years after her last child was born. Her death and burial were probably in the community of Handley Village, now a part of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.

He married Maude Salome Gray on Valentine's Day 1915 in Blackfoot, Anderson County, Texas. Their 3 children were Nadine, J.B., and Dixie.

Birrel was a respected building contractor in the Palestine, Texas area for many years. Many of his friends in the business called him Pine Knot. I wish I knew the origin of that endearing name. He was a charter member of the Crockett Road Church of Christ and played a key role in constructing the building.
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J. B. Bernard

John Birrel Bernard, Sr. 77, of 1323 Conrad St., died Monday, January 6, 1969, at 4:45 p.m. in a local nursing home following a long illness.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Hassell & Foster Chapel with Lowell Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery near Montalba.
Pallbearers will be J. W. Mosley, C D. Poole, C. W. Price, C. D. Fryar, Jr., N. M. Braly and Jack Roy.
Born April 28, 1891 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mr. Bernard was the son of the late John Bernard and Mrs. Willie Brown Bernard. A retired carpenter-contractor, he moved to Anderson County from Huntsville, Alabama in 1915. He was a charter member of the Crockett Road Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maude Salome Gray Bernard of Palestine; a son, J. B. Bernard, Jr. of Palestine; two daughters, Mrs. Willie Nadine Boatwright of Palestine and Mrs. Ken (Dixie Jean) Copeland of Morgan City, Louisiana; a brother, Dewey Jesse Bernard of Palestine; a sister, Mrs. Lonie Bradford of Houston; four grandchildren, Michael Gene Bernard, Paula Elaine Bernard, Donna Diane Boatwright and Vickie Diane Copeland; and two great-grandchildren, Kelly Beth Bernard and Kathryn Elaine Trigg. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Porter Bernard (1865 - 1947)
 
 Spouse:
  Maude Salome Gray Bernard (1896 - 1982)
 
 Children:
  Willie Nadine Bernard Boatwright (1917 - 1971)*
  J.B. Bernard (1922 - 1982)*
  Dixie Jean Bernard Copeland (1932 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lenora Madeline Bernard LeGard (1888 - 1952)*
  John Birrel Bernard (1891 - 1969)
  Lona Mae Bernard Bradford (1893 - 1976)*
  Dewey Jessie Bernard (1898 - 1980)*
  Sadie Leva Maize (1903 - 1963)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holly Springs Cemetery
Montalba
Anderson County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Bernard-Trigg
Record added: Aug 31, 2006
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John Birrel Bernard
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Thinking of you with love today, Daddy Birrel
- Bernard-Trigg
 Added: Dec. 27, 2012

- Louise Fisher Goff
 Added: Feb. 10, 2009
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- Kathryn Shepherd
 Added: Nov. 16, 2006
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