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St. James United Methodist Church
Friday April 23rd, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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St. James United Methodist Church
Friday April 23rd, 2021

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James Edwin Kirby

James Edwin Kirby





James Edwin Kirby, 63, of 140 Prince Road and husband of Myra Wooten Kirby passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.


Born in Laurens, he was a son of Betty Sawyer Kirby of Laurens and the late Charles Edwin Kirby. A HVAC tech, James was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and the Jaycees. He was a recipient of the Palmetto Corp. award for his service through the Jaycees.


In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by: brother, Charles William “Chuck” Kirby of Laurens; sister, Marcy Kirby McCall (Marvin) of Laurens; nieces, Leigh Kirby Hanke (Mike) of Spartanburg and Pamela Kirby Williams of Laurens, Kelly Wooten (Dale Stearns) of Chapel Hill, NC, Emma Baltezore (Allen) of Wilmington, NC and Meredith Wooten of Snow Camp, NC; brothers in law, Jan Wooten of Richmond, VA, Gary Wooten of Burlington, NC; sister in law, Connie Wooten Baginski of Charlotte, NC; nine great nieces and nephews; and two great-great nieces and nephews; and his dog, Lucy.


He was predeceased by his brothers in law, James Baginski and Dennis Wooten; and in laws, Nolen and Grace Wooten.


Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, April 23, 2021, in the Family Life Center at St. James United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. John Bolin and Rev. Blaine Hudson.


The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center one hour prior to the service.


Due to Covid-19, the family requests that everyone in attendance please wear masks if you are able.


Memorials may be made to Jaycee Camp Hope, 415 Charlie White Trail, Pendleton, SC or to Spartanburg Regional Foundation, 101 E. Wood Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.



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Myra, Mrs. Kirby, Marcie and Chuck - I am so sorry that Jimmy has left us here, but so that thankful my friend is well and whole and celebrating with Jesus. It brought me great joy to reconnect with Jimmy after so many years, and I hope he felt the same way. Thank you for including me in Jimmy's memorial service. God bless you all as you walk through this season of life. We all have to live "Jimmy Kirby Strong!" Love to you all.

Grayson Thomas May 18 2021 12:00 AM

Marcy, Such a huge loss to you and your family. You and they are in my prayers.

Judy Eargle Ware May 5 2021 12:00 AM

Marcy, So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother.. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. Just remember you will see him again . It says in the Bible "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". Its hard to loose a loved one but better days are ahead. Luv ya friend

Karen M Nix Apr 24 2021 12:00 AM

Mrs. Betty, I was so sorry to hear about Jimmys passing. I am keeping you and the family in my thoughts and prayers. I love you dearly.

Tracy Langston-Grigsby Apr 22 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Kirby

Jack Newton Apr 21 2021 12:00 AM

Jimmy you lived a life of integrity and by the Golden Rule. You will always be remembered for your smile even when life was a struggle.
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Tom Turner Apr 21 2021 12:00 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers to Ms. Betty and the Kirby family. Im so sorry to hear of Jimmys passing. God Bless

Mike Johnson Apr 21 2021 12:00 AM

prayeers for everyone

jennifer s rhodes Apr 20 2021 12:00 AM

Godspeed JimmyBo,, I will miss you my friend,love ya !!! NID

john cox Apr 20 2021 12:00 AM

Jimmy was the backbone of the Laurens Jaycees for many years. I don't know if he really enjoyed it that much but every time the chapter would cook hash, he was always right there helping out. However, I think his greatest pleasure in JC's came from visiting Camp Hope (a residential summer camp for individuals with cognitive disabilities). The campers loved him and he always made them laugh. His passing will leave a great hole in many lives.

Hal and Rita Bowles Apr 20 2021 12:00 AM

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