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Published: December 15, 2020


Vela Collier Griffin Birdyshaw, age 95, of Lawrenceburg, TN passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020 at El Reposo Nursing Facility in Florence, AL.  She was a native of Lawrence County, TN, retired from Tee Jays Mfg, and a member of Leoma Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Katie Delma Wise Collier; first husband of 57 years, Raymond Griffin; second husband of 12 years, Millard Birdyshaw; one daughter, Brenda Griffin Beck Green; four sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by one daughter, Diana Griffin Bean (Clarence) of Killen, AL; five grandchildren, Cristy Barnett (Philip), Ginger Bache, Michael Beck, Rebecca Bean Smith (Steve),  and Katie Bean DeSouza (Aias); 10 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Neal Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at Neal Funeral Home at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2020, with Mike Griffin officiating.  Interment will follow at Lawrence County Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceburg, TN