CHERRYVILLE - John David Kilby, 76, of 406 Spring Street, died on April 19, 2014, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, after a brief illness. He was born on July 8, 1937, in Hickory, a son of the late Thad D. Kilby and Louise Setzer Kilby.
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He was a graduate of Cherryville High School, Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University. At Appalachian State University, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and he was a proud member of the Appalachian Marching Band. At Western Carolina University, he earned an educational specialist degree. He had a 30-year career in education with Gaston County Schools and Cleveland Community College. Mr. Kilby served as the first Principal of Cherryville Junior High. He then joined the faculty and staff at Cleveland Community College.
After his retirement, Mr. Kilby served as a funeral director for Carpenter's Funeral Home in Cherryville and served as funeral director and manager of Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home from 1998 until 2004.
Mr. Kilby was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Cherryville, where he sang in the choir and served as Sunday School Superintendent. He was also a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M for over 50 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Teddy Robinson Kilby, the love of his life; and a brother, Larry Kilby.
Survivors include his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Teena Joy Thornburg Melton and the Rev. David Melton, Teddi Thornburg Zayas and Frank Zayas, and Amy Kay Kilby; two granddaughters, Kathryn Reeves Melton and Kelly Marie Zayas; brother and sister-in-law, Thad Kilby and Ellen; sister, Alice Kilby Wacaster; sister-in-law, Betty Jane Robinson; and special family friends, Johnny and Brenda Stroupe and Ronnie and Laurean Sellers.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the fellowship hall, and at other times the family will be at the home.
Celebration of life service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville
Officiated by: Dr. Bill Lowe and the Rev. David Melton
Burial: Will follow in the Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Masonic Rites.
Funeral home: Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to the Cherryville Fire Department, 411 E. Church St. Cherryville, NC 28021 or First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC 28021.
Guest register: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home - Cherryville
405 N. Dixie Street PO Box 427 Cherryville , NC 28021
Published in Shelby Star on Apr. 22, 2014