September 7, 1937 – June 13, 2022
WENDELL – Charles Ruben Kirby, 84, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022. He was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, to the late Willie & Margaret Hall Kirby. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, worked for ten years as a Raleigh Policeman, and then retired as a Manager for Sonoco Recycling. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sharon Phillips, and brothers, Arnold Kirby & Joe Kirby.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dollie Kirby; children, Tricia Phillips, Jason Kirby (Sonya), Karen Kirby, Russell Kirby (Penny); siblings, Steve Kirby (Lynn), Irene Hooks, Rachel Langley, Diane Baker (Roger); grandchildren, Amy (J.P.), Landon, Amanda (Grant), Emily, Paul, Joseph (Katelyn), Heather, Sara, Bud (Taryn), Greg; great-grandchildren, Austin, Haley, Justin, Preston, Brantlee, Harper, Conner, Addison, Maddie, Ryker, Beau, and an expecting great-great-granddaughter, Saylor.
Funeral service, 2 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, NC. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave, Zebulon, NC. The family will receive friends from 12 pm to 1:45 pm prior to the service. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591. www.stricklandfuneral.com