John Birdsong Rites Saturday in Mt. Vernon
John Birdsong of 717 East Cook street in Springfield, Ill a former Mt. Vernon
resident died at 10:07 a.m. yesterday in St. John's Hospital in that city. He
was 69 years, nine months and 4 days old.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Myers Chapel with the
Rev. Clarence Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Military
services will be in charge of the VFW.
The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel where friends may call after 4:00
Mr. Birdsong was born Jan. 4, 1891 in Carmi, the son of Thomas and Frona
In 1922, in this city, he was married to Irma F. Bostrand, who preceded him
in death in 1948.
Survivors include a son, John Birdsong of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs.
Margaret Winfree of Carmi; a brother, G.E. Birdsong of New Orleans, LA and two
Mr. Birdsong was employed at the Mt. Vernon Car shops many years.
He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and the American Legion of this City.
From the Mt Vernon Register
April 1 1960 page 2
Submitted by Cherie Sheaffer