Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 3:52 pm
The Messenger, September 2, 2009
Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Kirkland, 70, of Union City died Sept. 1, 2009, at his home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Dr. David Russell officiating. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Green, Larry Edmundson, Jim Glasgow Jr., Allen Graham, David Graham and Ronnie Carson. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Frankum, Oliver Gilliam, Hugh Wade, members of Character Builders Sunday School Class at Union City First United Methodist Church and members of the Charlie T’s’ Breakfast Club.
The family requests that memorials be made to Union City First United Methodist Church or the Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope.
He was born Nov. 12, 1938, in Union City, son of the late Gordon Carlyle and Marie (Choate) Kirkland. He married the former Peggy June Fuller Aug. 19, 1978. She survives.
He was a 1957 graduate of Union City High School and had been a part-time disc jockey for WENK radio in Union City. A 1961 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was elected to the student council.
Following graduation, he received his wings in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to squadron VR-1 in Patuxent River, Md. In 1966, he formed a partnership in two restaurants, known as the former Loeb’s Bar-B-Q, in Union City and Martin. He and his brother, Carl, shortly thereafter formed Kirkland’s Gift Stores in Jackson and Knoxville. Upon the death of their father in 1973, Ken Kirkland and other family members succeeded his father in running the former Kirkland’s Klothing Store in downtown Union City.
He was a member of Union City First United Methodist Church and Character Builders Sunday School Class. He had been president of the former Union City Downtown Merchants Association and was a member of Poplar Meadows Country Club, where he had been vice president and was an avid golfer. He had also been a member of Union City Rotary Club and had served on the Obion County Election Commission. He had also been a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and Jones-Walker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4862 in Union City.
Survivors also include three brothers, Carl Turner Kirkland, John Richard Kirkland and William Russell Kirkland, all of Jackson, and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.