John C. Kirkland, a proud veteran of the Army, passed away of September 3, 2021 of natural causes.
The son of Carl O. Kirkland and Minnie Fincher, John grew up in Fairmont, SC. He was born on March 31, 1931.
At the age of 19, John enlisted in the Army. He valued this service highly and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. As part of this service, he served two terms each both in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He proudly served 20 years before his retirement. He received two Army Commendation Medals and numerous certificates for outstanding meritorious service.
John is survived by Jacquelyn Kirkland, his loving wife of 68 years; his daughter Thada Kay Rehberg (Rayburn) and son Jonathan Kirkland (Patsy); his 5 grandchildren Christopher Rehberg (Miranda), Jennifer Kirkland, Timothy Rehberg (Brigitte), Kelly Raymond (Kim), and Tyler Kirkland (Terri); 3 great-grandchildren Kelsey Rehberg, Tristan Rehberg, and Jackson Raymond; his four siblings Frances Childress, Lillie Henderson, James Harrison Kirkland, and Betty Jean Cook, all of South Carolina; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Funeral service arrangements are to be announced.
For the wellness, health and safety of the family and all of those in attendance, the family requests that all of those in attendance to please wear a mask during the service.