March 27, 1925 issue of South Pittsburg Hustler:
E.T. BIRDWELL PASSES AWAY AT HIS HOME HERE FOLLOWING SHORT ILLNESS
Deceased was 84 years of age and is survived by large family of sons and daughters.
E. T. Birdwell, aged 84 years, a highly respected resident of this city, died at his home at 7 o'clock last Wednesday night after a short illness. The deceased retained extraordinary vigor up to the last few weeks of his life. Funeral services were held Thursday at 3:30 o'clock at the Christian church, of which he was a member. Rev. J. Bedford Beck, the pastor officiating, and interment was in the old City Cemetery. Deceased was born on Battle Creek in this county, on April 13, 1841, and was consequently one of the oldest residents of the ocunty. He was twice married. To the first union were born six sons, Ed, Charles, Ben, John, Abner and Abe, all of whom survive him with the exception of the last named, who died about two years ago. The following children by his second marriage also survive him: Dave, Ernest, Walter, Tom; Mrs. Alie Atkins and Mrs. Arbie Story, of Belleville, Ohio; Mrs. Martha Freese, Mrs. Manda Smith and Miss Manda Lee Birdwell. His wife also survives him. Mr. Birdwell was esteemed by all who knew him and he leaves a wide circle of friends to mourn his loss.
This obituary was provided by Ida Smith