Joe Ed Kirkland
NEWVILLE. . .Joe Ed Kirkland, a resident of Newville, died Sunday morning, December 4, 2011, in a Dothan hospital. He was 87.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P. M. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, in the Newville Baptist Church with Reverend Hugh D. Kirkland, Jr. and Reverend Bryan Klobe officiating. Burial will follow in the Newville Cemetery. Holman-Headland Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 P. M. Tuesday at the mortuary in Headland.
was a lifelong resident of Newville, son of the late Robert Lafayette
(Bob) Kirkland and Audrey Mae Kirkland. He was a graduate of Newville
High School and attended Auburn University. At an early age, Mr. Kirkland
was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country in Northern Africa
and Italy during World War II. After serving in the military, he enrolled
at the University of Alabama where he was awarded a baseball scholarship.
was an active member of the Newville Baptist Church where he served as
a Deacon, formerly taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir and
also served on most committees and was involved in many other church activities.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Dr. Marjorie Crews Kirkland, Newville; a daughter, Deborah Kirkland Lawson, Memphis, TN; a son, Joe Ed (Eddie) Kirkland, Jr. and wife, Liz, Auburn, AL; a sister, Lanette Johnson Culbreth and husband, Rudy, Dothan; a sister-in-law, Agnes Shelley Kirkland, Newville; four grandchildren, Kirk Lawson, Kelli Kinney, Amanda Kirkland LeCompte and husband, Jerod, and Nathan Kirkland; three great-grandchildren, Sarana Lawson, Evan Lawson and Jack Kinney; several nieces and nephews.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Tim Slater, Edward Golden, Sidney Owens, Kirk Lawson, Nathan Kirkland and Tim DeVaughn.