Ann P. Baird
April 29, 1922 - February 3, 2021
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Ann P. Baird, 98 years old, went to be with the Lord, peacefully in her sleep at her home in Virginia Beach on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. She was born in Burlington, N.C. on April 29, 1922, to the late Jesse Hughes and Flora Andrews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, the Rev. Thomas Baird; two brothers and two sisters.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Adrian (Snookie) Baird of Glendale, Calif. and Timothy Baird of Monovia, Calif.; daughter, Cynthia (Grier) Reno of Virginia Beach, Va.; sister, Vallie Wagnor of Graham, N.C.; grandsons, Brian Reno, Andrew Reno and Rob Baird; granddaughter, Heather Parker and 11 great-grandchildren.
After attending Carson-Newman College, Ann attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she met and married her husband, Tom Baird. Together, they pastored a few churches in Texas. Then they answered the call to go to the Northwest to start churches in Seattle. Tom and Ann also worked with missionary churches in Oregon and Idaho. In 1969, the family came to Roanoke, Va. to run the Baptist Neighborhood House, a community Faith-based outreach center. They retired in Salem, Va. in 1980 and in 1992 Ann came to Virginia Beach to help her daughter, Cindy, run a day care for 20 years. She loved children and family. Her faith and church were very important to her.
A visitation will be held at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, 4889 Princess Anne Rd., Va. Beach, VA 23462, Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 6 until 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church of Norfolk on Friday, February 19, 2021, 1 p.m. and available via livestream at www.firstnorfolk.org
. The burial will be on Saturday, February 20, 2021, 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Roanoke, Va. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be given to Mission Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Norfolk. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com
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Published by Roanoke Times on Feb. 14, 2021.