James (Jim) David Bird, Jr.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

James (Jim) David Bird, Jr., a resident of Eureka Springs, AR, born April 15, 1960 in Denver, CO, to James David Sr. and Shirley (Willford) Bird. He departed this life Thursday, July 8, 2010 in Eureka Springs, at age 50.

Jim owned and operated Falcon Travel for 10 years. He was of the Christian faith, performed weddings at the Old Stone Church for four years. He worked for several local businesses and managed Eureka Smokes at time of death. He loved mountain biking, hiking, camping, kayaking and scuba diving with friends and family.

He is survived by parents; Dave and Shirley Bird; one sister, Debbie Colvin, of Eureka Springs, AR; one brother, Jack Hensley (Daphne); nieces, Magen, Amanda, Emma Kate of Monett, MO; life partner, Bobbie Sue Foster; maternal grandmother, Josephine R. Willford; uncle Kenneth Bird, of Eureka Springs, AR; uncles Stephen Bird (Debbie) of Albuquerque, NM; Larry Willford (Joan) of LaPorte, CO; Leon Willford (Deb) of Cowdrey, CO; God-daughter, Emily Lovejoy; cousins, Becky (Thomas) Achord, of Eureka Springs, AR, Connie Barnes (Steve), Rusty Willford (Kristie), of LaPorte, CO, Ty Lee Willford and life partner Karen Paintin of Cowdrey, CO; several relatives in Colorado and multitude of friends.

Jim was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, James H. and Mabel Gray Bird; and maternal grandfather, Robert K. (Bert) Willford.

Gathering of Remembrance with family and friends, 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs. Celebration Service 10 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2010, Faith Christian Family Church with Pastor Gary Hayhurst officiating. In lieu of flowers, send donations to American Cancer Society, First National Bank of Green Forest, Attn: Tiffany Ball, P.O. Box 272, Berryville, AR 72616 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com