Kirk, Ward Bell, 77, passed on to heaven at home under Hospice care on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, following a decades-long battle with heart disease.
Born in Vandalia, Mo., he was the son of the late Hay Bell Kirk and the late Merlin Inlow Kirk.
He previously lived in St. Louis, Mo., where he was employed by General Motors, and later transferred to Hagerstown, Md., where he was also the owner of Family Car Sales. In retirement, he moved to Lexington, Ky., for his final years.
He was a committed member of the Church of God for many years, and will greet his friends at the Old Paris Pike Church of God in Lexington one day, alongside those from the Hagerstown Church of God in Maryland. Over the years, he served the church in many capacities, such as superintendent, council and building committee. He never passed up a chance to comment on politics, and was proud that all of his children received a college education.
Mr. Kirk was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Kirk of Vandalia; and his sister, Lelia (Kirk) Matthews of St. Louis.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred (Dixon) Kirk; his four children, Roger Lynn Kirk (Doey), Beverly (Kirk) Sparks (James) and Charlotte (Kirk) Purdom (Taylor), all of Lexington, and Virginia (Kirk) Weaver (Troy) of Hagerstown; and four grandchildren, Seth Logan Kirk, Abby Lynn Kirk, Jordan Lucas Sparks and Justin Laine Kirk, all of Lexington.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Milward-Southland on Monday, Sept. 19, and funeral services will be at the Old Paris Pike Church of God at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Mr. Kirk requests that any donations go to Hospice of the Bluegrass for its tremendous care and service in his final days.