Feb. 23, 1934-Jan. 10, 2019

Services to honor the life of Mrs. Mary Tate Birdwell were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Jennings Chapel Congregational Methodist Church in the Bethany Community with Butch Bruce, Clyde Miley and Chris Birdwell officiating.  Burial followed at Bethany Cemetery under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers included Chris Birdwell, Leighton Kniffin, Trey Carney, Keith Birdwell, Marlon Birdwell, Mark Birdwell and Mott Birdwell.

Musical selections were presented by Becky Birdwell Kniffin and Steve Birdwell.

Honorary pallbearers were Allen McNeal, George Birdwell and Crit Reese Miller.

Mary, 84, and a resident of Marthaville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Shreveport.  She was born Feb. 23, 1934, to Virgil and Linnie (Kennerly) Tate in Anniston, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Birdwell; parents, Virgil and Linnie Tate; a sister, Juanita McNeal; and brothers, Lawrence Tate, Harold Tate and Thomas Tate.

She is survived by her children, Mike Birdwell and wife Tonia, Brenda Birdwell, Kathy Birdwell and Becky Birdwell Kniffin and husband Lyle; grandchildren, Misti Birdwell, Chris Birdwell, Meagan Carney and Leighton Kniffin; as well as six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.