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Tommy Kirkland's Obituary

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Tommy Kirkland, 57, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer at his residence surrounded by his family and friends. 

Family graveside services will take place at 2pm Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Park with Robert Byrd directing. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2pm on Monday at First Baptist Church of Dothan with Dr. Johnny Fain officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church on Monday 12:30-2pm.  In lieu of flowers the family humbly requests that memorial contributions be made to the Wiregrass Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd., Dothan, AL 36303, to the Wiregrass Humane Society, PO Box 1045, Dothan, AL 36302, Covenant Hospice, 104 Rock Bridge Rd., Dothan, AL 36303 or your favorite charity.

Tommy was born June 2, 1955 in Eufaula and lived the early years of his life in Ashford, AL. He was a 1973 graduate of Ashford High School and graduated from Auburn University in 1976 with a degree in Accounting. Tommy purchased his father's jewelry store in Ashford in 1976 and moved the business to Dothan in 1984 where he operated it for the past 30 years. He was a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. Tommy served on various charitable and civic boards, including Board of Directors for Mid South Bank. He was a member of the Dothan Rotary Club and the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellows Award. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Dothan.

Survivors include his wife, Jane McGowan Kirkland; his parents, Thomas and Barbara Kirkland; his son, Kirk Kirkland; his step-son, Sam (Leslie) Mote; his step-daughter, Kristen (Jeremy) Hester; his brother, Ken (Martha) Kirkland; his sister, Ann (Morgan) Dykes; his mother-in-law, Nancy Turlington; his brothers-in-law, Gary (Lisa) McGowan, Jimmy (Betty) McGowan, and Stephen Smith; step-grandchildren, Ethan Mote, Ashlyn Mote, and Emmett Hester; his nieces and nephews, Adam (Chelly) Dykes, Andrew (Kim) Dykes, Wood McGowan, Seth McGowan, James McGowan, and Julia McGowan. 

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Heyward & Rhetta Butler

Dear Bro Thomas, Sis Barbara, and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing and we know your hearts are broken. But God will give you all grace and strength to meet each new day. God has also given you an abundance of beautiful memories of Tommy and know they will always be a source of comfort to you during the days and weeks ahead. God bless you. With love and prayers, Heyward & Rhetta

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Mike Linder

Praying for you.

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Cindy Gossett

Ann and the Kirkland Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Throughout the years Ann and I have worked together, we have shared many stories about our families. I will never forget her sharing with me after Tommy was diagnosed with cancer. She told about when they were growing up and how Tommy and Ken would play soldiers in the back yard. I played a song that a friend had just given me "Soldier's Again". Through your sadness and tremendous loss, may all rejoice that Tommy is now free of pain. May you be comforted in knowing he's in Heaven and has finally won the battle

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Marie Smith

Jane, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. My mother also asked that I let you know she has you in her prayers. May the wonderful memories you cherish help you through this difficult time.

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Joyce B Lee

Thomas, Barbara, Ken and Martha. So sorry to hear of your loss.(Tommy). He has fought a hard battle. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you at this difficult time. Take care and remember I am here if you need me. Love to all of you..

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Faye Teal

Thomas, Barbara, and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We know that he is no longer in pain and is at peace. This has been a long struggle for him and the family.

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Jo Ward Darnell

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

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Gayle Ward Hart

I have many wonderful memories of the twelve years Tommy and I were classmates at Ashford. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

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John Lewis

Mr. Thomas, Mrs Barabara, Ann, and Ken - Tommy was my best friend during our high school days and afterwards. Even though our paths seldom crossed in the later years, I still cherish his friendship and the memories we made in high school and the years afterward. He was like a brother to me. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, however it is temporary because of the assurance we have in Jesus and the promise of a glorious reuion in heaven. Prayerfully, John Lewis

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Neal Smith

I was so sad to hear of the passing of Tommy. I remember the first time we met and my thoughts were that this a really good person. He will be missed. My prayers go out to all of his family.

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Jane Dillard

I am sorry for your loss.

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Vicky Chancy Greene

Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you now and in the days to come. May your memories keep you strong.

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Gloria Cosby Robertson

I just wanted to let you know that I have very fond memories of Tommy, beginning when he and I shared a table in Miss Ingram's first grade class. The years seem to have flown by but it still seems like yesterday at times. I pray that God will give you the comfort and strength to get through your loss. I know Tommy fought a long hard battle, but I also know that he has won the victory.

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Larry and Pam Williams

Bro Thomas, Mrs Barbara and family
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Rebecca Ellis Walters

I am so sorry for your loss. I attended school in Ashford with Tommy and have many memories of a sweet boy who grew to be an exceptional man. Heartfelt prayers sent that Gods love will ease your grief.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Rebecca Ellis Walters

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Diane Tolar

When I moved to Ashford in 1982, Tommy was one of the first of many people I met. He was a Kind and sweet man. My prayers are with you and your family. Tommy will be missed.

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Andy Johnson

My heart felt sympathy goes out to the family of Tommy. He was always a gentleman and a fun loving person. The Lord will be honored to have Tommy in his kingdom.

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Tim Bruner

Words cannot express the deep heartache and sorrow we feel for your tremendous loss of Tommy. He, our friends, and I were close growing up, living on the same street in Ashford, and I loved him like a brother. He remains in my heart and fond memories that way, and will be sorely missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy, love, thoughts, and prayers. God Bless you, Dear Kirkland Family.

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Kay Whitted Lucas

I will long remember the good times many years ago with Tommy, myself and Carla Whitehurst Skeen. Now, they both have left us, but their friendships will forever remain in my heart. My loving condolences are with you, his family. I know your time here on earth with him had to be a wonderfully blessed experience. He was a wonderful person. God be with you all!

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My condolences to your family. My name is Maureen and I met Tommy in 2008 at a Thyca Conference in St.Louis. I have the same cancer as Tommy and we chatted about some of our challenges as I was going to see his surgeon about a second opinion (I'm from Canada). I remember Tommy being the most kindest and reassuring person to ease my mind and fears. He gave me his business, I found it. I just looked him up to find he is no longer with us --- I am so sorry, I will fondly remember my conversations with a special soul.

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Eric Garrison

Happy trails brother of the spirit. We met in Bimini, Bahamas 20 years ago and visited the "healing spring" out in the mangroves with your first wife and son Kirk. I am sorry I missed you. Peace be with you.

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