Retired Tennessee State Trooper Mr. Jack Kirby of Nashville died at the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning January 3, 2017 from complications of pneumonia.
Graveside services were conducted by Edward L. Anderson on Monday afternoon January 9th at 1 p.m. with burial following in the Ridgewood Cemetery.
One of two children of the late John Gordon Kirby Sr. who died November 29, 1995 at the age of 86 and Mary L. Lashinsky Kirby who died January 18, 1992 at the age of 83, he was born John Gordon Kirby Jr. in Carthage on April 1, 1938.
His only sibling, a sister, Mary Ann Kirby Adams died at the age of 66 on July 5, 2008.
Mr. Kirby was a 1956 graduate of Smith County High School where he majored in music and was in the chorus and served as the president his senior year, also the glee club and was band vice-president his sophomore and senior year.
He was a member of the Division Four 1959 graduating class of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. In late 1963 he was instrumental in creating the first T.H. P. Boat Patrol of which he was one of the six charter troopers.
On October 26, 1961 he was drafted into the United States Army from which he was honorably discharged on August 30, 1963.
After retiring as a Tennessee State Trooper, coming from the Kirby family which was musically inclined, he was employed with the Nashville Network, was on the production staff of the Hee-Haw program and played guitar back-up on the Grand Ole Opry.
He also continued in law enforcement part-time working for the Davidson County Sherriff’s Office.
The Kirby family were members of the Carthage Church of Christ.
His only survivor is his former wife of twelve years, the former Johnie Ruth Prichard Kirby also of Nashville and the last remaining first cousin, Jerry Phillips of Carthage.