Mr. Ralph Thomas Kirby

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Mr. Ralph Thomas Kirby, 74, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C.
Born in Pacolet, S.C., on April 5, 1934, he was the son of the late Barney Thomas and Lilly Webb Kirby. He attended the schools of Spartanburg County and Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Kirby was owner and operator of Kirby Automotive Group and current fleet manager of Lancaster Motor Company. He was a member and past president of Carolina Automobile Leasing Association and NADA and SCADA. He was a Mason, former member of board of directors of Boy Scouts of America, North Carolina, former member of Lions Club, Durham, N.C., former president of Serenity Club in Rock Hill, S.C., former chairman of American Red Cross for Chester, S.C., former member of Chester County Hospital Board and president of Richburg Fire Association, former member of Rock Hill Elks Club, founding member of The Hard Core Group in Chester, former board member of Keystone, Business Person of the Year 1994 for Chester County, past president of Willowhaven Country Club in Durham, N.C., and former member of Spartanburg Jaycees.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Elgin Kirby; three sons, Ron T. Kirby and his wife Robin of Tega Cay, S.C., Steve Kirby and his wife Lynn of Cumming, Bart Kirby of Rock Hill, S.C.; two stepsons, Donnie Elgin and his wife Kitty of Ridgeway, S.C., Daryl Elgin and his wife Katherine of Columbia, S.C.; one stepdaughter, Dawn Berryhill and her husband Chris of Lexington, S.C.; two sisters, Faye Loving and Helen Cox, both of Spartanburg, S.C.; one brother, Ricky Kirby of Savannah; 12 grandchildren, Jacqueline, Lauren, Lyndsay, Josh, Sierra, Kassy and Preston Kirby, Luke, Carly, and Dallas Elgin, Christina and Caitlyn Berryhill.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Kirby; and grandson, Garrett Elgin.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Clay Waldrip officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Keystone, P.O. Box 4437, Rock Hill, S.C. 29732; or Turning Point, 112 Gadsden Street, Chester, S.C. 29706.
Condolences to the family can be made at www.barronfuneralhome.com.
Barron Funeral Home in Chester, S.C. is in charge of arrangements
Published in ForsythNews.com from Mar. 10 to Mar. 13, 2009