Doyle Herman Kirkland, 84, of Panama City, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in his earthly home to be united in the arms of his Heavenly Father.
He was born on April 14, 1929 in Round Lake, Florida to Albert & Ola Carol Kirkland. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Panama City, having served in numerous roles. He was chairman of the Deacons when both Dr. N. B. Langford and Dr. Craig Conner were called to First Baptist Church. Doyle also served as a Sunday School Teacher for 5 year olds since 1955. He was honored in 2007 for his five decades of service. Children have always been a special part of his life. He has taught both grandparents, parents and children who are still active in First Baptist Church. He also served as the RA leader for many years and was known for a sling shot made by many of the boys. Doyle was honored by having a treehouse built in his name at Sims Farm that is used by boys and girls from various churches and organizations.
Doyle was also a baseball coach for numerous years for Oakland Terrace Little League and R.L. Turner Junior Major League Baseball. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer. His first love was hunting quail with his good old bird dogs. Doyle started golfing after retiring from Chevron and scored two holes-in-one at Nature Walk, where he also served as the Marshall. Doyle was well known for hunting lost golf balls and supplied egg cartons of golf balls at any given time. Doyle was employed with Chevron for 34 years, retiring in 1990.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, Albert & Ola Kirkland; two sisters, Wilma Brock, Hazel Williams; and two brothers, J. W. Kirkland and Russell Kirkland.
He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Arnold Kirkland, whom he met on a blind date, and they just celebrated 63 years of marriage.
He is also survived by his son, Kenneth Doyle Kirkland; daughter, Kathy Lamagdeleine (Donald); two granddaughters, Kristen Etheridge (Logan), Amy Lamagdeleine; great grandson, Colton Miles Etheridge; brother-in-law, Harmon Arnold and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to send a special thanks to his caregivers, LaNee Lee, Deirdre Powell, Carolyn Godfrey, Peggy Bennett and the staff of Covenant Hospice.
A private family graveside service will held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Panama City with Dr. Craig Conner and Rev. Clyde Ellison officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 – 2 p.m. prior to the service. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of First Baptist Church, R. L. Turner Little League Players, Nature Walk Employees, Dr. Rush Akin and the retired employees of Chevron.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Panama City Building Fund, P.O. Box 1200, Panama City, FL 32402, Covenant Hospice, 107 W 19th Street, Panama City, FL 32405 or to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, P.O. Box 86, Panama City, FL 32401 in memory of Doyle Kirkland.
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Panama City, Fla.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Jan. 24, 2014