Merle Phillips Kirby Kirby

Merle Phillips Kirby Kirby

Merle Phillips Kirby Kirby

Merle Phillips Kirby Kirby 86, died Tuesday at her assisted living facility in Hoke County. She was born on August 4, 1931 in Kenly, NC, the daughter of W. Luther & Mattie Phillips Kirby. A graduate of Kenly High School & East Carolina College, she taught school for 30 years and was a home maker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Bill Kirby, sisters; Marcedes K. Oliver & Annie Mae K. Medlin.

The family will receive visitors 6-7:30 pm, Thursday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.

A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wendell 2 pm, Friday, January 12, following a private family committal at the Kirby Family Cemetery in Kenly.

She is survived by her daughter; Terri Kirby Hathaway and husband Kent of Southern Shores, son; Billy Kirby and wife Susan of Fayetteville, grandson; Cameron Tyler Kirby and wife April of Hockessin, Delaware, sisters; Edith K. Hansley of Sneads Ferry, Bobbie K. Holland and husband Preston of Goldsboro, Jackie K. Flowers of Goldsboro, as well as a number of special nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church 125 S. Selma Rd., Wendell, NC, 27591. The retired teacher requested that all her previous students read a book to a child this week in her memory.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.


  • Joan Allen Tippett Posted January 11, 2018 9:25 am

    Merle was a very special person….I have known her since 1962 when I went to work for WETC. Radio Station. She and Mr. Kirby will always have a special place in my heart. May God grant you all comfort and peace during time of sorrow.

  • Trixie (Stilwell) Perry Posted January 11, 2018 9:38 am

    Terri, Billy and Family-

    I am very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  • Melissa Peebles Posted January 12, 2018 8:40 am

    MRS Kirby has been a friend to me and my family since I was in her 2nd grade class 1969. She and my mom, Libby Peebles taught together at Wendell Elementary for all those years and were friends until my mom passed in 2002. MRS Kirby used to come see me at my work and always brought me my favorite desert and would visit with me. I loved those talks! She was oh so special and beautiful! She will be greatly missed!❤️

  • Ihrie Knott Posted January 12, 2018 11:22 am

    Terri and Family

    Merle had a loving, kind, gentle soul and she loved to read. She and mom (Jo) used to trade (7) day books from the Library they both read so fast. I’m sure mom’s waiting for her w/all the Bestsellers! Sometimes death is not the worst thing. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.. Love you.

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