NUTTER FORT — Cecil Ronald Kirby, 88, of Nutter Fort, formerly Rt. 19 South, Kirby Hill, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 6, 2014, while at the Heartland Nursing Home.
He was born in Bayard, WV, on September 12, 1925, a son of the late Cecil Vance Kirby and the late Edith Helen Root Kirby.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Louise Arnold Kirby, whom he married on August 26, 1948.
Mr. Kirby is survived by his daughter, Lynn Kirby Newhouse and her husband Robin Newhouse of Nutter Fort, WV; three grandchildren, Rebecca Newhouse Cheshire and her husband Eddie Cheshire, Brooks Newhouse and his wife Harriet Leach Newhouse of Bellevue, Washington, and Greg Newhouse and his wife Sabrina Hyde Newhouse of Bridgeport, WV; his great-granddaughter, Lily Cheshire; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his brother, Alonso Harold Kirby, and his wife, Betty Esther Deem Kirby.
Cecil went to Thomas Grade and High School in Tucker County, WV. He was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Navy, where he was 2nd Class Photographer’s Mate of the Atlantic Fleet Camera Party stationed at the Naval Operating Base in Norfolk, VA, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Upon his release from the Navy in 1946, he began working at Kirby’s Esso Station in West Milford, WV. In 1953, Mr. Kirby purchased a white dump truck and hauled coal for Tasa Coal Company, earning $125 per day. While driving for Tasa Coal, his truck went through the West Milford Bridge in 1955 and he went to work for the Pony Express in the freight business. The Pony Express sold out to Hall’s Motor Transit and Cecil worked for them for the next 30 years.
Mr. Kirby was a member of the Teamsters Union, Barber Shop quartet, West Milford Lions Club and V.F.W. Post 5131 at Jane Lew. He was a member and past Master of the Jackson Masonic Lodge 35, A.F.&A.M., a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in the Clarksburg Body. He was a member and past Worthy Patron Order of Eastern Star Chapter 109 in Good Hope.
Mr. Kirby was a member of the West Milford United Methodist Church since 1948, where he taught Sunday school for 50 years. He sang in the choir, served on the administrative board as chairman and was a lay leader. He loved to teach Sunday school, play golf, be a teacher of God’s word at the Clarksburg Mission, going to the Steelers games and being with family and friends and the family pets, Dash and Tabasco.
Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. The funeral will be held at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Timothy Kelly presiding. Jackson Masonic Lodge 35, A.F.&A.M., will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. for the purpose of attending and conducting Masonic graveside rites. Interment will follow at the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery, where full military graveside rites will be accorded by Harrison County Honor Guard.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com
A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.