EL CENTRO, CALIF.
Feb. 9, 1943-April 3, 2013
James Birdsong, 70, of El Centro, Calif., passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at U.C.S.D. Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., surrounded by family.
Jim, was born Feb. 9, 1943 in Hugo, Okla. to the late John and Mildred Birdsong.
Jim married his high school sweetheart (since 10th grade) of 50 years Flora "Cokie" Sept. 7, 1962 in Farmington. He graduated from Farmington High in Farmington where he played football and basketball. He went on to graduate from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy in 1967. He worked as a Pharmacist for 45 years, both as a staff pharmacist and business owner over the years.
Jim's latest endeavor was Central Pharmacy and Central Home Medical. He was partner with his brother at Parker's Pharmacy in Holtville, Calif.
He is remembered by all who met him as a kind, mellow, patient, loving person always willing to be called by friends and customers in need of help. He loved his family and grandchildren very much. Jim loved woodwork, his sports cars, the History Channel, sports, collecting guns, his staff at the business, going to the casino, his cat and especially the dog, Jack and feeding his birds.
Jim is survived by his wife, Cokie; daughter, Becky Felder and her husband, Troy; granddaughters, Sage and Lauren, of Sacramento, Calif.; son, James Jr. and his wife, Megan and granddaughters, Meredith and Gillian, of San Jose, Calif.; son, Joel, of El Centro, Calif. and grandson, Seth, of Yuma, Ariz.; brother, Sam and sister-in-law, Mirna; nieces, Millie, Sadie and Brise and god-sons, Benny and Shannell Carter, of El Centro, Calif.
A celebration of his life was 10 a.m. on Monday, April 8, at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro, Calif. with Methodist Minister Ron Griffen officiating.
A gathering was held at Women's 10, 000 Club at 7th St. and Olive in El Centro, Calif. after the service.
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