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July 12, 1929 – Nov. 28, 2012
Damon Adair Kirkland, 83, passed into the promise of eternal life on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Damon is survived by the love of his life, Elgin Taylor Kirkland who married on Sept. 15, 1950. He is the beloved father of daughters, Vicki Mitchell (Brian) of Morrison, CO., Belinda "Wendy" Lewis (James C.) of Dunwoody, GA., and son Craig Kirkland (Brenda) of Sugar Land, TX. Damon was blessed with grandchildren, Nicole Kirkland Castillo (Mike) of Summerville, SC., Kimberly Kirkland of Sugar Land, TX., James Kirk Lewis of Columbia, MD., Holly Lewis Kingsley (Nickolas) of Andover, MA., Troy Crawford Lewis of Atlanta, GA., great grandsons, Zachary Castillo and Mac Dawson, and great granddaughters, Ruby Castillo, and Nicole Holly Kingsley. Damon was born in Geneva County, AL, the son of O.T. Kirkland and Ivy Register Kirkland. The youngest son of ten children, he cherished his relationships with his brothers and sisters. He is survived by sisters Ludelle Sanders and Jane Burroughs.
He moved to Panama City, Florida in 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and then worked at the U.S. Postal Service until he retired. Damon attended Bay High School, Gulf Coast Community College and FSU. He coached Little League baseball or many years and enjoyed competition at the state championship. He was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School and sang in the choir when attending Immanuel Baptist Church. Damon was a devout Christian, who spent hours every day studying the Bible and praying. He loved to share the gospel, and rarely missed the opportunity to witness for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, especially when enjoying his daily walk in the neighborhood.
Family will receive friends at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 3 pm until 5 pm, and graveside services will begin at 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 2., at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Dec. 1, 2012