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. www.stricklandfuneral.com