Dorothy Lanelle Birdsong "Dottie", age 93, of Temple Terrace, FL, passed away on Tuesday, 1/29/2013 surrounded by her loving family.
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She was born on 6/6/1919 in Norfield, MS to her parents, William Welch and Buelah Smith. She was the youngest of 9 children. Dottie grew up in a Masonic Children's Home in Meridian, MS. She married Charles William Birdsong, Sr. in Mississippi in 1938. They had 3 children.
Prior to moving to Temple Terrace, she was a resident of Mt. Gilead, OH. When Dottie was 8 years old, she met Charles Lindbergh and he inspired her to learn to fly, she obtained her pilot's license at the age of 40 and by the time she was 70 she had logged over 9,000 flight hours. In her aviation days, she enjoyed competing in the annual Powder Puff and Angel Derby races.
Dorothy was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, a longtime member of Krewe of Venus, and a member of the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club since the 1960's. She served 3 years on the Aviation Women's Advisory Committee and also served as a Florida Delegate for the Republican Party in 1984 during President Reagan's second term. Dorothy met four sitting presidents. She was active in both the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and she enjoyed golfing and bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and son, Roger. She is survived by her children, Charles "Buddy" Birdsong, Jr. (Pam) and Jane Summerall (Jim); daughter-in-law, Margie Birdsong; grandchildren, Terry Birdsong (Trish), Brad Birdsong (Stephanie), Tammy Willman (Chris), Lesa Ann Summerall, Jennifer Sawyer (Jonathan), Kimberly Powell (Brian), Denny Birdsong and Christie Cannon (Rick) as well as 13 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service for Dottie at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Feb. 6, 2013