Joseph Theodore (Ted) Kirkland, Jr., 83, of Boca Raton,, FL went home to be with his Father in Heaven on August 9, 2013. Ted was born in Marianna, FL to the late J.T. Kirkland and the late Wilma (Jones) Roberts. He graduated from Marianna High School continuing on to Vanderbilt University where he was a star athlete with the Vanderbilt Commodores football team and was drafted by the Washington Redskins. Ted served our country for two years as an active duty Seaman in the US Navy. He married Jane O'Callaghan in 1953 in Nashville, TN, moving to south Florida in 1968. Ted was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and spent many hours volunteering at USS swimming events. He served as President of the Boca Raton Swim Club and also loved singing in the church choir. Ted became the "Mike Brady" of the Kirkland/Sorenson blended family when he married Sid Sorenson in 1976. In 1994 they moved to Houston County Lake in Grapeland, TX. They were active members of Grace Bible Church. Ted and Sid moved to Asheville, NC in 2010. Sid went home to be with her Father in Heaven in 2011. Husband, father, Pop Pop's, father in law, brother, uncle and caring friend, he leaves a tremendous hole in our hearts.Ted is survived by his sister, Dot (Kirkland) Ward of Asheville, NC; children, Bill Kirkland, Dillsboro, NC; Tim Kirkland, WPB, FL; Clare (Kirkland) Fryer, Boca Raton, FL; Sandy (Sorenson) Buchanan, Boca Raton, FL; Deana (Sorenson) Kayworth, Lorena, TX; John Sorenson, Albany, GA; 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Son Coast Community Church in Boca Raton. Pastor Mike Tindall of Grapeland, TX will officiate. A memorial education scholarship fund has been established at Grace Bible Church in Grapeland, TX. Gifts can be made to the church in his memory. Please denote "Ted Kirkland Memorial Fund" with your gift. Grace Bible Church, 504 Augusta Road, Grapeland, Texas 75844
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2013