Mr. Robert Alan Kirkbride, age 72, of Cumming passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 7, 2014, in Eutaw, Ala. Born Nov. 6, 1941, in Wheeling, W.Va., he had lived in Cumming for the past eight years, moving here from Carriere, Miss.
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Bob was a graduate of Ohio State University and had a 40 year career in Information Technology, retiring from ADP. He was also retired from the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
Bob was a Mason and Shriner, serving as a Potentate of Joppa Shrine of Biloxi, Miss., in 1993. He was also a member of Atlanta Court No. 91, Royal Order of Jesters, the Royal Order of Scotland, as well as numerous other Masonic and Shrine bodies. An avid golfer, Bob played every Tuesday with his best friend, Bob.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kirkbride of Cumming; daughters, Tracy Haley of Christchurch, New Zealand, Melissa (Anthony) Mata and Stephanie (David) McAvoy, all of Haslet, Texas, Tina Sanvick of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jackie Todd of Arizona; grandchildren, Caleb Roberts, Lilyana Mata, Ava Kemp, Sophie Haley, Emily Haley and future granddaughter, Eleanor McAvoy; a sister, Carolyn Bales (Gary Hahn) of North Canton, Ohio; and an aunt, Mary Louise Wiltshire, also of North Canton, Ohio.
Memorial services with Masonic Rites will be held Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home the hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob's name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or online at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Ingram Funeral Home
210 Ingram Avenue Cumming, GA 30040
Published in Forsyth County News from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2014