Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2013, at New Cleveland Cemetery with Bro. Barry Dickerson officiating.
Mrs. Birdsong was born in Rolling Fork on December 25, 1920, to Truman T. Bailey and Lola Smith Bailey. She worked as a secretary for insurance agencies for 30 years. She married Edwin Burgess Carpenter on October 2, 1940. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the past president of Cleveland Junior Auxiliary and past member of the Robinson Carpenter Library Board of Directors. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working in her yard, needlepoint and crossword puzzles.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Truman T. Bailey and Lola Smith Bailey; husbands, Edwin Burgess Carpenter and Brig. Gen. William Hubert Birdsong Jr. (Ret).
Mrs. Birdsong is survived by son, Edwin B. Carpenter Jr. (Kay) of Mandeville, La.; daughter, Virginia Carpenter Foley (Tim) of Cleveland; granddaughter, Meredith W. Carpenter of Austin, Texas; and cousin, Charline Redditt (Bill Sr.) of Cleveland.
In memory of Mrs. Birdsong, donations may be made to Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library and First United Methodist Church of Cleveland.
The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Clark and his staff at Cleveland Medical Clinic and her dedicated caregivers Doris, Dorothy, Angline and Ruth Ann.
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