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“As Chapter Chair of the Florida Suncoast 99s where Dorothy was a Life Member, I extend my sympathies to you at this time of loss. Dottie inspired...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Marilyn Shafer - Land O Lakes, FL

“Buddy and Jane sorry to hear about you mother passing. My prays are with you. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Geno Hollingsworth - Mt.Gilead, OH

“We will miss your bright smile and shining eyes. Thank you for being our friend and neighbor and for all the help you gave us when Christopher was...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Beverly Papy - Temple Terrace, FL

“Grandma Birdsong, You were such a ray of sunshine. You will be very missed. God Bless, Ash ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Ashlie Curtis Mora - Dade City, FL

“To Dottie's Family, We will miss Dottie's smile at the many Krewe of Venus activities,she attended. Her efforts and support of the Royal Court...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: James V Carver - Tampa, FL

“May you have everlasting peace with God ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Ted and Nancy Pananretos - MS

“Our lives were enriched from knowing Miss Dotttie. She always was there to help when the youth needed anything from someone in the kitchen to a home...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: James & Katheryn Stock - Lutz, FL

“Dottie, aka Grandma, was a jewel you only get to met once in a lifetime. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Greg and Pat Heid - FL - Friends

“I've just learned of my Aunt Dot's passing. I loved her so much and always looked forward to her Christmas letters. Although I haven't kept in touch...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Carol Shackouls - Kingwood, TX

“We just want you to know how special Ms. Dottie was to our family through the years. She was a faithful financial supporter of our son, Troy, when...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Mildred and Billy Carter - Tampa, FL

“Our funeral director and staff wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the Birdsong family. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Terrace Oaks Chapel


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Dorothy Lanelle Birdsong "Dottie", age 93, of Temple Terrace, FL, passed away on Tuesday, 1/29/2013 surrounded by her loving family. 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, 02/05/2013 at First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.blountcurryterraceoaks.com