He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He loved Jesus Christ with all his heart and always said he was ready to go when he was called home.
He was a graduate of Bradley Central High School and Cleveland State Community College. He was employed by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked in corrections for eight years. He loved fishing, Alaska and working in his garden. He enjoyed camping and being with his girls.
He was preceded in death by his father, John V. Kirkpatrick; and his brother Tommy Kirkpatrick. He passed away at the same time with his brother Steve Kirkpatrick.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cindy Lance Kirkpatrick; mother, Pauline Dixon Kirkpatrick; daughters: April Kirkpatrick and Sarah Kirkpatrick; sisters: Kim Calfee and husband, Rex and Kathy Lovelace and husband, Wallace; sisters-in-law: Terrie Kirkpatrick and Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress and husband, Phil; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Doug and Nancy Lance; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2012, at the old First Baptist Church on Church Street with Pastor Judson Kirkpatrick and Dr. Allan Lockerman officiating.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery with Dale Miller, David Patton, Ron Weaver, Ronnie Whaley, Edwin Curtis, Zane Kirkpatrick, Ryan Lovelace, Corey Lovelace, Adam Kirkpatrick, Logan Kirkpatrick, Eddie Campbell and Rusty Burke serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at old First Baptist Church prior to the service.
The family requests memorials be made to Lebanon Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1411 Old Parksville Road N.E., Cleveland TN 37323.
You are invited to send a message of condolence and view the Kirkpatrick family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.