Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for Walter Birdwell

04/08/1945 - 10/17/2017

   Walter Birdwell, age 72 of Murphy, NC passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville, GA.

     He was born in Knoxville, TN to the late Jesse Walter and Mary Ruth Bolton Birdwell. He lived most of his life in Fort Lauderdale,Florida and retired to Murphy. He was a US Marine veteran. Walter worked for the School Board of Broward County, Florida. Photography was his passion; taking landscape photos of the local area. Walter was involved with the Warrior's Veteran's outreach in Murphy. He loved to attend and participate at different functions at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Walter was a Hospice volunteer and never met a stranger.

     He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne Birdwell; two daughters, Debbie Nabulsi husband Nimer of Jacksonville, FL and Anne Slater and husband Jeff of Lawrenceville, GA; nine grandchildren, Christopher Newman and wife Ashley, Meghan DeAtley, Michael Newman, Jesse DeAtley, Jennifer Newman, Thomas Quackenbush, Alex Nabulsi and twins, Spencer and Delaney Nabulsi and one great-granddaughter, Briley Grace Newman.

     Military honors ceremony conducted by the V.F.W. Post #10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post #96 and D.A.V. Chapter #73 and American Legion Post #532 of Hayesville and V.F.W.Post #6812 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11 am at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any Veteran's organization of your choice.

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