American Veteran 01

Warren G. Birkhead

November 22, 1920 ~ September 27, 2021 (age 100)

Obituary

Warren G. Birkhead went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, September 27, 2021. He was born on November 22, 1920, in New Blaine, Arkansas, the son of the late Miller and Stella (Robinson) Birkhead. He was 2 months shy of his 101st birthday.

He spent his early years in New Blaine before graduating from Paris High School. Following high school, he moved to Ola, where he met the love of his life.  They married and became lifetime residents of Ola and members of the Ola United Methodist Church.

Warren entered WWII arriving at Normandy, France on June 10, 1944.  Then, on December 3, 1944, he was sprayed with shrapnel from a German 88 artillery shell. He received a purple heart and was honorably discharged.

Returning to Ola, Warren “carried the mail” for decades where he only missed 1 day in 30 years for weather.  Many would wait for his arrival young and old.  Warren enjoyed camping, gardening, fishing, and was the oldest living Mason in Arkansas. Family was the most important part of Warren’s life. He loved his family well.

Warren is preceded in death by his wife, Tincey Birkhead and sister Oleta Hixon (Carlton); and a niece, Janice Pharis (Bill).  He is survived by his daughter Linda Young (Jim), his granddaughter Kelly Brown (Chris) and great grandchildren Kenley and Tyler Brown all of Little Rock and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Thanks to an enormous commitment by family and friends, Warren never spent a day in a nursing home, which he desired never to do. He died peacefully at home because of the untiring efforts of daughter Linda and caregivers: Brenda Roberts and Steve Hasty along with Pat Wolf, Kaitlyn Fink, Sarah Obar, and Megan Benefield.  Chambers home health and RN Mikelynn Honaker were also integral in his care.  Warren Birkhead lived a full and complete life.

Visitation will be at Humphrey Funeral Home Chapel in Russellville on Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held at the Ola UMC on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 1:00 PM with Rev. Kevin Lyon officiating and burial immediately following at Elizabeth Hall cemetery in New Blaine.

Memorial donations may be made to the Methodist Family Health Foundation Office, 1600 Aldersgate, Suite 100, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Internet obituary and online guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
September 30, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Humphrey Funeral Chapel (Coleman Cemetery, Pelsor)

Funeral Service
Friday
October 1, 2021

1:00 PM
Ola-Plainview United Methodist Church
200 Leigh Street
Ola, AR 72853

Interment following funeral service
Friday
October 1, 2021

Elizabeth Hall Cemetery
Elizabeth Hall Road & Masonic Way Road
New Blaine, AR 72851

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