Dennis Wayne Birdwell

Born on February 6, 1952

Departed on January 9, 2018 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Dennis Birdwell passed away on January 9, 2018 at the age of 65. He was born and raised in Goodlettsville Tennessee. His love for baseball began at the age of nine when he played little league. He graduated from Goodlettsville High School in 1970. He attended the University of Tennessee Martin briefly before joining the Army Reserves and served from 1970 – 1976. He went to work for the Metropolitan Police Department in 1972 and retired as a Sergeant in the CID Division.

Dennis started coaching baseball in Goodlettsville in 1971 at the age of 19. In his 46 years of volunteering his time with the Goodlettsville baseball league he won 13 Dixie Youth State Championships, had 12 Dixie Youth World Series appearances and was runner up on two occasions. In 1996 he recorded his 1000 wins.

During his years of coaching in Goodlettsville he also umpired and served as a board member. Dennis lead the charge to establish the first board of directors for Goodlettsville Dixie youth baseball and was elected as the league’s 1st president. He was the Chairman for the 1980 Dixie Youth World Series when it was held Goodlettsville Tennessee. He was the Goodlettsville Little League President Emeritus when the 12 year olds won the United States World Series championship.

In addition to his work with the Goodlettsville Baseball league he also coached softball, baseball and basketball at St Joseph school and received the Footsie Lenahan award at Father Ryan High School which honors members of the community who make significant contributions in time to the school’s Athletic program.

Most recently he served as head coach at White House Heritage High School from 2010 to 2013 where he took them to the school’s first ever district championship in 2012 and again in 2013. He served as the President Emeritus of Goodlettsville Little League baseball. In 2014, he was awarded the Tennessee Old Timers Association Junie McBride Mr. Baseball.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Birdwell; his mother, Pauline Edwards, and his wife, Barbara Jane Birdwell. He is survived by his children, Lindy (Marc) Hulan, Jamie (Jay) Summers, and Jeremy (Cameron Estes) Birdwell; grandchildren, Tori, Chase, Cam, Luke, and Chloe; brothers, Freddie, Billy, and Gary Birdwell; sister, Lori Birdwell, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville Friday January 12 from 1-8 pm. Celebration of life will be at 12 Noon at the First Baptist Church in Goodlettsville with Wayne Bess, officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 am until service time. Honorary pallbearers will be retired members of the Metropolitan Police Department, players and coaches of White House Heritage High School, board members, coaches, and umpires of Goodlettsville Baseball. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude or Goodlettsville Baseball c/o the Birdwell Cup.

26 Comments to Dennis Wayne Birdwell

  1. Gail Swann
    January 10, 2018 4:27 pm

    May God give the family peace and comfort.

  2. Gail Swann
    January 10, 2018 4:28 pm

    May God give all the family peace and comfort.

  3. Christine Caughron Morrow
    January 10, 2018 5:50 pm

    Sending your family prayers and wishes of peace and comfort. I remember Mr. Birdwell well coaching my younger sister softball. Thoughts and prayers.

  4. Erika Bruner Hall
    January 10, 2018 6:54 pm

    Prayers for the family.. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Sheryl Cawthon
    January 10, 2018 7:33 pm

    I went to GHS with Dennis. I later worked with him at metro police department. Dennis, will be missed by many. He was a daddy to his children, a good police officer and a good friend. May God be with you and yours during this difficult time. Peace be with you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  6. Sheryl Cawthon
    January 10, 2018 7:35 pm

    I went to GHS with Dennis. I later worked with him at the metro police department. Dennis, will be missed by many. He was a good daddy to his children, a good police officer and a good friend. May God be with you and yours during this difficult time. Peace be with you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  7. Jerry and Sandra Piercey
    January 10, 2018 8:06 pm

    Our hearts are very saddened at the loss of our dear friend. For over 40+ years we shared many memories that brought so much joy. To Denny’s precious family, we send prayers of comfort, assured that he now has a perfect body and that he is in the presence of our Lord (probably up there “Kicking in the dirt.”).
    Blessings and Love to you all.
    The Pierceys

  8. Pete Dickson
    January 10, 2018 8:30 pm

    My 3 sons played ball in Goodlettsville. Dennis was a great man and loved Goodlettsville Baseball.
    I will miss Dennis!

  9. Pete Dickson
    January 10, 2018 8:34 pm

    I will miss Dennis. One of the good guys gone to soon.

  10. Shawn Sadler Roach
    January 10, 2018 9:10 pm

    Prayers for the family.

  11. DONNA CLARK and Family
    January 10, 2018 9:38 pm

    My God wrap his loving arms around your entire family during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. Janice Beckett
    January 10, 2018 10:40 pm

    He was funny,grumpy,and kind. I will miss him.

  13. Connie Baker
    January 10, 2018 10:52 pm

    So very sorry. Condolences to the family.

  14. Linda Pursley
    January 11, 2018 5:49 am

    To the children, my heart goes out to each of you. I know Dennis was sick of the life or lack thereof that he was living. Dennis was waiting for a transplant but that was not to be. He made a remark recently that he didn’t want to live lhe way he was and I guess the Lord was listening and knew it was time for Dennis to come home. I loved Dennis as a friend as did my late husband Danny. Dennis will be missed as he was loved by all the lives he touched through coaching. Your pain and suffering are over and may you Rest In Peace, my friend

  15. Suzanne edwards
    January 11, 2018 9:06 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thought and prayers.
    Suzanne, Kevin, Sam, Sarah, Claire and Will

  16. Josh and Kristen Summers
    January 11, 2018 10:58 am

    Thanks for being part of our lives. So kind, enjoyable and a pleasure to be around. Great family. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  17. Pleasant View Athletic Association (Dixie Youth)
    January 11, 2018 3:31 pm

    Prayers for your family. Always a shame to lose a great coach.

  18. Dewey Perrigo
    January 11, 2018 6:04 pm

    God Bless his Family and Friends… Rest in Peace Dennis, ✌️❤️🙏🥂

  19. Karen Frost Green
    January 12, 2018 12:04 am

    Prayers for his family, friends, and all the lives touched by his service to Goodlettsville Baseball and our city. As a parent of young athletes, I spent many hours, days, and years at Moss-Wright Park and I saw Dennis there most all the time. I appreciate his service and love for the game. I love my hometown of Goodlettsville and everyone who makes it great. In this time of sadness with the passing of Dennis, I am thankful for his service. May God bless you and keep you all.

  20. Albert Whited
    January 12, 2018 2:56 am

    Dennis and I coached opposite each other at Goodlettsville. He was a very good coach and mentor to the young boys and girls that he coached. at Goodlettsville. He loved being a major part of Goodletttsville baseball. He will be missed as he touched the lives of so many at Peay Park and also Moss Wright Park. It would be nice to see the baseball complexes named in the honor of Dennis and his services In Goodlettsville. I suffered the loss of my kidneys as did Dennis. I received my Transplant in January of 2006. I will miss Dennis for many reasons. He was a very good man and loved the sports programs at Goodlettsville, Rest in peace now Dennis as your life these past few years have been challenging. Go rest high my best friend.

  21. Tom Tucker
    January 12, 2018 8:44 am

    prayers to family and friends ,i was fortunate to have known him

  22. Dan & Beverly Bridges
    January 12, 2018 9:07 am

    So sorry for your loss…. may you find comfort in knowing your Dad is no longer suffering from sickness and you will see him again in a better place one day . We pray for peace and comfort in the days to come .

  23. Lisa Holt Burkett
    January 12, 2018 11:31 am

    So sorry for the loss of another great Officer at Goodlettsville Police Dept. It has been 21 since
    I have seen Birdwell He was my husbands good
    Friend Officer Donald Holt , GPD Birdwell was
    With him when he passed away. Birdwell is a
    Great Man. God Bless this Family

  24. Frank Leonard
    January 12, 2018 7:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May God be with the family!

  25. Darleen Gourieux
    January 13, 2018 12:37 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Randy Boguskie
    January 13, 2018 11:50 am

    I would like to offer my condolences for your loss. I have a lot of good memories of Dennis over the years at the park. If there’s a Little League in Heaven, you can bet my Dad and Dennis have already started practicing! He was a good man and a great friend to my Dad. God Bless.

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