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“Connie, David, Lori and family, Jake was a very dear friend who will be missed very much. I have so many great memories and am thankful to have known...Read More »
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“Connie, and family there are no words to express how sorry i am to hear of Jake's passing.I know it will be really hard but just look to JESUS for...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Mabel Thompson - Princeton, WV

Joel Carson "Jake" Kirby, 66, of Princeton, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at Johnson City Medical Center, in Johnson City TN. Born February 28, 1946, in Oakvale, he was the son of the late George M. Kirby & Clara Brown Kirby. He was a 1964 graduate of Oakvale High School and a retired U.S. Army Veteran with 27 years of service, serving in Saudia Arabia during Desert Storm in 1991 with the 304th Military Police of Bluefield. Jake was a transmission mechanic with Appalachian Power with over 30 years of service. He attended Montcalm Primitive Baptist Church for most of his life. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and above all enjoyed working on anything that had a motor. His favorite motto was, "if I can't fix it, it ain't broke." He deeply loved and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Jake is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Connie, son David Kirby of Pensacola, FL; daughter Lori Goodman & husband Joe of Johnson City, TN. And two grandchildren, who were the love of his life, Brandon and Mackenzie Goodman both of Johnson City, TN. Also, he is survived by four brothers; Myron Kirby of Peterstown, Paul Kirby & wife Nancy of Jacksonville, FL, Bob Kirby & wife Patty of Beckley, and Tom Kirby, who was like a son to him, of Princeton, along with four sisters; Carrie Hogan of Merced, CA, Clara Dixon of Peterstown, Sue Kirby and Sandra Hatcher, both of Oakdale. His extended family, Paul &Katherine Dalton, Ann Oresta, Ray & Linda Marshall, Charlie & Brenda Wickline, and Marty & Carla Shrewsbury. Jake loved and was loved by his extended family and was like a brother to all of them. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Tracy French and Elder Jimmy Boothe officiating. In keeping with Jake's wishes, a full military graveside service will be conducted by the WV Honor Guards at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from Noon until the service hour at the funeral home. Those wishing to share online condolence with the family may do so via In lieu of flowers, Jake would be honored if you would make gifts to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O.Box 758517 Topeka KS 66675/