Ralph Braxton Bird
(1942 - 2008)

Ralph Braxton Bird

March 22, 1942

March 24, 2008

This site is dedicated to Ralph Braxton (Sonny)Bird Jr..

Dad was born on March 22, 1942 in Urbana, OH. to the union of Ralph Braxton and Beverly Robinson Bird and died Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Columbia...where he probably shouldn't have been in the first place.

With that said...I would like to give Dad a proper memorial...or eulogy. One that actually says something about the man...by someone who actually knew him...and placing him in the correct family. No I am not Bitter...just ask my therapist.

Everyone knows that he was supervisor for the Columbia Heights Water District, however I think its important to know that he inherited (but earned) that job in 1979 from his dear friend and interim father (as well as one-time father-in-law) M.D. "Boots" Feltenberger.He also managed the Hebert system for a while in the 80s. Even after my Mother and Father divorced Mom and Pop ( Boots and Elizabeth Feltenberger: My Grandparents) considered Dad one of their own children...it was a very special relationship indeed. Pop gave Dad many family heirlooms even though he was not a true son...of course those have all been stolen and dispersed by fate and cerebrus...wow. When we first moved to Columbia Heights in 1977 Dad's first job was at Duke's Hardware...I believe that to be important because the Duke's have been more than family over the years.

Dad went through many phases...Yuppie, Hippie, Biker, Country-boy, City-boy, Northerner, Southerner, Outlaw, and Angel...to name a few. However, he was most proud to be a U.S. Marine. He lived in Ohio, Louisiana, California, Texas, and Oregon. He was a book keeper, city waste manager, convenience store clerk, construction hand, hardware clerk, water superintendant, and so much more. He loved trying new things, but most of to belong. He tried being a Mason, a Legioneer, an ABATE member, Secretary/Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, Youth Group minister and Bus Driver, Bluegrass Band Member (banjo and guitar), Southern Rock Band member (bass)and of course president of the Agape Sunday School Class. He made the mistakes of youth by stealing a car and driving it to Florida from Louisiana (Marine Corps or Jail) and of course the drug scene of the 70s, but not the hard stuff. Dad quit smoking (cigarettes) before my first memories and never was to big of a drinker...however he did have his moments, but that was a while back. Dad was married four times...the last three to Larry, Moe, and Curly...I can only guess that the first was Shemp. The first had German issues, the second one had medical issues, the third had...well...all kinds of issues...and the fourth...had...a plan.Dad never had too much luck with women...in this aspect he was much like sysiphus and their faults were his stone. But he did get some Children out of the deals...Rob Bird of Tallahassee, FL (that's me), Roy Bird who is presently a freshman at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, and the oldest is Christy Owens of Goldsboro, N.C.; regretfully I don't know much more about her...I should really change that.

To Be Cont.........Check back soon

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Guest Book (3 entries)
Sonny,the name I called him by, was the coolest big brother a guy could have. Yes, he went through many changes and stages, but he taught me a bunch about being who you are, doubts and all, because the journey is long and trying but the alternative sucks. I miss him dearly.
I will write more as I have time.
Randy Bird (Step brother)
July 26th, 2015
Sorry to learn Ralph has passed.

I served with Ralph in the Marine Corps in Bremerhaven, Germany circa 1960 to 1963.

Remember Ralph as a fun loving good man with many Marine friends from West Monroe, La.

God Bless Ralph.

Dan Hughes (Friend)
December 23rd, 2011
This is the memorial I set up for Ralph Bird. To add your own comment, click on the "Add Comment" button below.
Rob Bird
March 18th, 2009
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