Kirkland

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George Andrew Kirkland, 79, of Altus, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Plantation Village Nursing Home.

George was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Crenshaw County, Ala. to Louis and Willie (Hollis) Kirkland. He married Wanda Loftis on July 22, 1954 in Altus. She preceded him in death May 15, 2012.

He graduated from Dozier High School in Dozier, Ala. in 1952. George received numerous college scholarship offers to play football. He chose Troy State in Troy, Ala., but decided to serve his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1953. George came to Oklahoma in 1954 where he met his future bride. He drove a truck for Republic Gypsum in Duke for many years before his retirement. George actively worked up to the age of 73.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda; one sister, Ruth Pinkston; and an infant brother, Ray.

George is survived by two daughters, Kay Callen and her life partner Kendall Payne of Altus, and Pam Smith and husband Danny, also of Altus; granddaughters, Jennifer Lechuga and children Andrew and Brooke of Altus, Jaclyn Kendall and husband Jeremy and their children Jayli and J.J., all of Mangum, Emily Jones and husband Chris and their children Abigail and Jozie of Altus; two sisters, Faye Norris of Opp, Ala., and Joyce Clark of Titusville, Fla.; several nieces and nephews in Alabama and Florida; and his special caregivers, Shakera Shivers, Jess Miller, Alex Smith, Nia Pliar, Amber Fish, Ryan Sadler, Clara Herd, and Ms. Domney, all of Altus. George also had two lifelong friends, Wayne Merrill, of Opp, Ala., and Jerry Stephens, of Gould.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Altus City Cemetery with Chaplain Erin Martinez and the Rev. Jim Jones officiating.

On line tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com

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