Thomas Edward Kirkland, 76, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at Bryan County Health & Rehab.
The Emanuel County native was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He retired from Local #728, where he was a former union steward, and from the Effingham County Sanitation Department. He held the positions of field director, state conservation director, regional conservation director, and national conservation director for the National Campers and Hikers Association, Inc., over his 20-year span of activity with the NCHA.
He was called to serve on the State High Council as the Springfield/Rincon branch president for three years, bishop of the Savannah 3rd Ward for five years and then back to the State High Council for his 26 years span of callings in the church.
He was a much-loved diplomatic volunteer who served in his community all of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Gordy Kirkland; sons, Timothy Edward Kirkland Sr. of Rincon and Victor Payne Kirkland of Yuma, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ray Kirkland of Aline and Henry Clay Kirkland of Lyons.
Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 13 at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at Cool Springs Cemetery near Aline.
Remembrances may be given to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.