Whiteside, Birdie Mary Lee(born: 1911 - died: March 21, 2004)
Birdie Mary Lee Whiteside was born in Hopkinsville, KY, the daughter of Augusta Radford Jordan and Arkley Whiteside. She founded the Guiding Light Christian Service in 1953 in Indianapolis, IN. It was designed to take recorded religious sermons to the sick and shut-in. Six years later the service was incorporated. Birdie Mary Lee Whiteside had moved to Indianapolis in 1950. She was a graduate of Simmons University (KY). The Birdie L. Whiteside Collection is housed at the Indiana Historical Society. Birdie May Lee Whiteside died in 2004 and is buried in New Crown Cemetery. For more see Guide to African-American History Materials in Manuscript Collections at the Indiana Historical Society; and see the Birdie Whiteside Obituary at IndyStar online.