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PFC Elmer R. Bird, Sr
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Birth: May 28, 1920
Death: Jul. 29, 1997

THE BANJO MAN FROM TURKEY CREEK
Elmer Bird was named the best old-time banjo player four times by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America and six times by the Vandalia Gathering. He had retired from Union Carbide to forge a second career as a roving ambassador of old-time music. He died at age 77 on July 29, 1997, at his home near Hurricane.
He was born in rural Putnam County, WV in 1920. As a young man, he began playing local shows with his cousin George Bird who played the fiddle. Elmer played a "double drop-thumb" banjo style.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Beluah Jane Edwards Bird (1923 - 2002)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery
Hurricane
Putnam County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Sandy Cline (Littlejohn)
Record added: Sep 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42500385
PFC Elmer R. Bird, Sr
Added by: Kenny Davis
 
PFC Elmer R. Bird, Sr
Added by: Sandy Cline (Littlejohn)
 
PFC Elmer R. Bird, Sr
Added by: Sandy Cline (Littlejohn)
 
 
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