April 1, 2017
Henry Ford Kirby passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his loving family on April 1, 2017, at the age of 86. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Elaine Kirby-Long (husband Jonathan O. Long); his granddaughter, Emme Kirby Long and his long time friend, Inez Kirby.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edison Wheeler Kirby and Lula Mullican Kirby; a daughter, Nancy Kirby and granddaughter, Jordan Kirby Long. He will be reunited with his seven siblings: Audrey Sams, Azel Kirby, Joe Kirby, Berta Mae Cobb, Sylvis Haynes, Gertie Hopper, and Nell Montgomery.
Henry was born in Danville on Aug. 28, 1930. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 30, 1951, during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he was a carpenter for many years for Mr. Homer Hutchinson and retired as a coil mill operator of Wolverine Tube, Inc. after over 30 of dedicated service. Henry was a member of Johnson Chapel Methodist Church of Danville. He found no greater happiness than gardening and helping those in need. His pride and joy was his granddaughter, Emme, who made him proud each and every day. In remembrance of him, we ask that you would help others along life’s way, just as Henry always did.
His family would like to thank Billy and Pam Montgomery for their tender care, and Hospice of the Valley for their support and compassion.
The funeral took place on Tues., April 4 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Hartselle Memorial Gardens with Peck Funeral Home directing.