Lindsey Lee Kirby, Sr. 88, of the Bethlehem Community, passed away unexpectedly on May 11, 2019 after a period of declining health.
Born September 23, 1930 to the late Horace Kirby, Sr. and Esther Deal Kirby at their home in Dudley Shoals (Caldwell County), Lindsey and his family were dairy farmers for 54 years in the Bethlehem Community.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, HP (Pete) Kirby, Jr., Max Kirby, and Tommy Kirby; sisters, Bernice Kirby Starnes and Sarah Kirby Corne; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Brewer Kirby.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 62-1/2 years, Ann Moretz Kirby; daughters, Kathy Kirby Reece and husband Keith of Bethlehem, and Anita Kirby Bostian and husband Chris of Bethlehem; son, Linny Kirby, Jr. and wife Gina of Bethlehem; sisters, Susie Kirby Barlow of Lenoir, Martha Kirby Langley of Staley, and Hallie Kirby Hefner and husband Bill of Taylorsville; and brother, Don Kirby and wife Sarah of Hudson. Pawpaw Kirby was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren, Joshua Reece, Matthew Reece, John Bostian, Jordan Bostian, Jonah Bostian, Logan Kirby, Caleb Kirby, and Lauren Kirby Hall and their spouses; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren, Jordan, Zachary and Abigail Moore; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lindsey took every opportunity to share his love and wonder of God’s creation with them all. He loved being in his tractor, planting and harvesting each year.
Lindsey loved the Lord and was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethlehem. He served his country as a Corporal in the US Army 22nd Infantry Company C. He had been an active member of Dairy Farmers of America and also served in various positions of local and regional dairy industry organizations.
Over the years, the Kirbys hosted numerous community hayrides, school field trips to visit the dairy, and shared his passion for farming with everyone in the community. Hard work made for a happy life. He was a small man with a big heart and often claimed, “He may not be rich money-wise, but he had a lot of wealth tied up in his health, his wife, and his family. And for him, that is all he needs.”
Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Mt. Bethel UMC with the service following at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Dale Bost will be officiating. Burial will follow at Pisgah Cemetery in Bethlehem. Military Rites will be rendered by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson at the graveside.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.