Jerrell Ray Kirby
By Kim Swindell Wood | June 13, 2018 6:27 am
Last Updated: June 13, 2018 at 8:56 am
Jerrell Ray Kirby, 91, of Sparta, passed away June 10, 2018, at his home.
Mr. Kirby was born May 19, 1927, in Sparta, to Arlis Lee Kirby and Lily Etreal Moore Kirby.
He had a vast work career that included owning an auto salvage yard, along with a wrecker service. For many years, he owned U.S. Assembly where he traveled around the country putting bicycles together for Service Merchandise, and later he delivered school buses for Blue Bird Bus Company. His hobby was work, but he did enjoy fishing and traveling. Mr. Kirby served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Bear Cove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Barbara Kirby; two sons, Arthur Ray Kirby and wife Wanda Johnson Kirby, Alan Lee Kirby; three grandchildren, Candice Babb, Jon Kirby, Josh Kirby; five great-grandchildren, Victoria Babb, Hunter Kirby, Jaycee Kirby, Cayden Kirby, Kyanna Kirby; and sister, Phyllis Travis and husband James.
A memorial service will be conducted graveside, at 10 a.m., June 15, 2018, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, with full military rites by the Veterans’ Honor Guard. There will be no visitation prior to the service.
Cremation and memorial arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.