Curtis Ernest Baird, 83 and a resident of Asher, passed away at his home Monday, Oct. 24, from liver failure as a result of contracting Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion in 1972 after suffering life threatening injuries in a tornado.


Curtis Ernest Baird, 83 and a resident of Asher, passed away at his home Monday, Oct. 24, from liver failure as a result of contracting Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion in 1972 after suffering life threatening injuries in a tornado.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Asher First Baptist Church under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konawa. Dwayne Johnson and Earl Blankenship will officiate. Burial will follow at Wanette Cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnny Warren, Ronny Nail, Jeff Doss, Shane Nail, Brian Bruno and Michael Baird. Visitation is from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday at Swearingen Funeral Home, located at 217 N. Broadway in Konawa.
Curtis was born March 2, 1928, at Stilwell to James and Flora (Reed) Baird and was the third of 13 children.
He married Helen O’Neal on Aug. 24, 1951, at Van Buren, Ark. He was a long-time member of the Maxwell Holiness Church.
In addition to serving in the Army, Curtis worked as a farrier, shipyard laborer and road construction worker. Curtis spent more than 30 years working for Corff Sand and Gravel in various locations in Oklahoma. He was a heavy equipment operator, truck driver, explosives technician and foreman. After retirement, Curtis continued his love of farming and also worked for Bob’s Dirt Service as a dozer operator and hay baler.
Curtis was an avid baseball fan, and his favorite professional team was the St. Louis Cardinals. Curtis also enjoyed watching the Asher Indians baseball and softball teams, especially if one of his grandchildren was playing. He enjoyed coon hunting and won numerous trophies with his dog, Amos.
Curtis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Baird of the home; one son, Ernest Baird of Asher; two daughters, Brenda Warren and husband, Johnny, of Hennepin, and Peggy Nail and husband, Ronny, of Asher; five grandchildren, Tabatha Doss and husband, Jeff, of Hennepin, Shane Nail and wife, Lanita, of Midwest City, Brian Bruno of Asher, Nicki Nail of Asher, and Michael Baird of Ada; six great-grandchildren, Tucker and Maycee Doss of Hennepin, Daniel, Isabel, and Ansel Downum of Midwest City, and Alex Nail of Asher; one brother, Edward Baird of Stilwell; two sisters, Betty Perry and husband, Steve, of Stilwell, and Annie Brt and fiancé, Elias Hernandez of Stilwell; and a host of family and friends.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, James and Flora Baird; two sons, James David and Ralph Eugene Baird; one grandson, Jimmy Wayne Baird; seven brothers, Allen, James, Ray, Fay, Earl “Shorty,” Johnny, and Bobby; and two sisters, Gertrude McMurtry and Mary Alice Wolfe.