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10/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter - John Kirby

John Marcus Kirby
(d. 12 Oct 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Friday morning.
        Johnny Kirby, Class of 1958, passed away at home in Carrolton on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at the age of 72.

From the Daily Press - 10/14/11:

                John M. Kirby



CARROLLTON - John Marcus Kirby, 72, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, with his family by his side.

Johnny was a native of Wayne Co., N.C., a resident of the Peninsula for 60 years, and living in Carrollton for the past seven years and was a graduate of Newport News High School Class of 1958. He worked for the Newport News Shipbuilding Company as a Sr. Structural Designer where he retired from after 46 years of service. He also served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Parkview Baptist.

He is preceded in death by his father, John O., and mother, Mary Ella Kirby.


Johnny Kirby



Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Miriam Kirby; two sons, Steve Kirby and wife, Michelle of Smithfield, Greg Kirby and wife, Melanie of Bel Air, Md.; five grandchildren, Ashley, Brandi, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Tyler Kirby; two special aunts, Ester Mae and Alma, both of North Carolina; and his loving pet, CoCo. Johnny will also be missed by many other loving relatives and dear friends.

The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home by the Rev. Rusty Beck. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from October 14 to October 15, 2011.
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October 14, 2011
  Miriam, I am sorry for your loss and will always remember the smile on Johnny's face each time he came to see you. He will be your smiling angel forever.

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Kirby family and their friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Words by Ray Palmer, 1830

Music by
Lowell Mason (08 Jan 1792 - 11 Aug 1872), 1832

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee,
Pure warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

While life's dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow's tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

When ends life's transient dream,
When death's cold sullen stream
Over me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

"My Faith Looks Up to Thee" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, 2002) and lyrics courtesy of - 08/22/10

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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