James Clyde Kirkwood

April 8, 1929 ~ March 2, 2019 (age 89)

James Clyde Kirkwood, age 89, passed away March 2, 2019 in Roswell, Georgia. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anita Mowery Kirkwood of Roswell, GA.; daughter Katie Dekalb and her husband Kirk; daughter Mary Blalock and her husband Wes; son James Kirkwood, Jr., and his wife Karen; brother Walter Kirkwood, and his wife, Doris of Pleasant Grove, AL.; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Jim was born on April 8, 1929, in Birmingham, AL., the second son of Jim and Edna Kirkwood. He grew up in Edgewater, a small community on the outskirts of Birmingham where Anita also lived. Jim attended Ensley High School, where he lettered in football and was a member of the ROTC. After graduation, Jim attended the University of Alabama, married Anita, had children and went to work for Jefferson County in the Tax Assessors office. Jim always wanted to live in Florida, and in 1970 he started working for the Florida Department of Revenue. The family relocated from Pleasant Grove, Alabama to Winter Park, Florida, where he and Anita lived until 2017. Jim loved to be outside, riding his bike, playing tennis with his friends, or working on cars. He loved people, making and keeping friends of all ages for a lifetime. When at home with his family, he would often be found on the floor, playing with the kids. Jim was active in his church, First Baptist Church of Winter Park, where he served as a deacon for many years. His greatest love was for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with whom he walked for almost 70 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim’s honor to be given to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802-9963. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 9:30am at Palm Cemetery in Winter Park, FL. The Kirkwood family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00am until 11am at First Baptist Church of Winter Park, followed by a memorial service at 11:00am at the church. Collison Family Funeral Home.

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