Larry Jamad Kirby
1977 - 2020
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Larry Jamad Kirby, 42, of Ventura, Ca, passed away on April 28, 2020 in Ventura. Larry was born in Miami, FL to Larry and Vickie Kirby on August 29, 1977. He adored his parents and sister and had very loving relationships with each of them. He called his mom every time he heard a Sam Cooke song, bonded with his dad over a mutual love of football and debating conversations, and always did his best to give his sister wise advice and protect her even from afar. He was intelligent, funny, kind hearted, and talented. You really just can't say enough good things about him. He grew up as an "Army Brat" living in Germany, Texas, Kentucky, and Georgia. He attended Bradwell Institute where he was a member of The National Beta Club, The National Honor Society, and participated in Quiz Bowl and JROTC. He graduated with honors in 1995. He began his college career at Mercer University, which he attended for two years. In 1998 he took a leap of faith and moved to Seattle, Wa. He attended The University of Washington where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering in 2002. He lived in Seattle for 16 years with a brief move to Pennsylvania in 2005. He worked at Boeing for several years as an aerospace engineer. His work brought many business trips which satisfied his adventurous spirit. He traveled to South Korea, China, Japan, Kuwait, Rome, New Zealand, Stockholm, India, and Israel to name a few. He'd also been to nearly all 50 states. He loved his life in Seattle. He made many lifelong friends who remember him fondly and have only the kindest things to say about him. He was an avid fan of college football, baseball, art, and music. He enjoyed participating in trivia nights and some friends affectionately referred to him as "Big Juicy Brain." He was absolutely brilliant. Larry never met a stranger. He was always quick to lend an ear, give one of his famous bear hugs or have a long conversation about anything at all. After that you were friends and he genuinely cared about you. In 2015 Larry decided it was time to move on from Seattle. He took another leap of faith and moved to Minneapolis, Mn. There, he met his love Marilyn Griffin Hildreth. They shared a special bond that even strangers were in awe of and planned to marry later this year. He worked for 3M as a product engineer. While in Minnesota Larry also took his hobby of playing guitar to a new level. He began writing and arranging songs and eventually played sets at a local live music venue. His passion for music has resulted in a forthcoming album which will be treasured by those who love him. In September 2019, Larry and Marilyn moved to Ventura to continue their adventure together. He was truly the happiest he'd been in his whole adult life.

Larry is survived by his parents, Larry and Vickie Kirby of Hinesville, his sister Tracie Kirby (Allen Dick), his niece Alena Kirby-Dick and nephews Allen and Alijah Kirby-Dick of Hinesville. His girlfriend Marilyn Griffin-Hildreth of Ventura, CA. Aunts Charlotte Griggs of Tamarac, FL, Sharon Ellis of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Altona Bruton of Fairborn, GA and Sharlene Kirby (John) of Naples FL. Uncles Alvin Bruton of Austell,GA, Joseph Bruton (Janet Bruton) of Coral Springs, FL, Willie Joe Kirby of Opa Locka, FL, Michael Kirby (Candy Kirby) of Brooklyn Park, MN., Edward Kirby of Loxahatchee, FL, David Kirby(Gail Kirby) of Pembroke Pines, FL and Karl Kirby (Faye Kirby) of Carol City, FL. He is also survived by many cousins, but had a special brotherly relationship with Brent Ellis of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He also had a multitude of friends who became family. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Andrew and Lou Ella Bruton and Willie Joe and Berma Mae Kirby, aunts Francena Thomas and Doris Kirby, and an uncle Nathaniel Bruton.

At this time there are no immediate plans for a memorial service. The family will plan a service when social conditions are safe again.

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Published in Coastal Courier from May 7 to May 14, 2020.
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Janet Robinson-Bruton
May 8, 2020
I never had the pleasure of meeting Larry. I only saw him through Marilyns eyes on her Facebook posts. It was clear he was a special man. His smile was brilliant and could outshine any star. He left this world too soon. May your memories and love for Larry carry you through the tough times. You are in my prayers.
LaNell Champion
May 8, 2020
To my sons, Larry was a brother from another mother. Although we didn't get to see him as often over the years as we would have liked, each visit was an occasion, often around family events: both sons' weddings, Kentucky Derby party. He is gone too soon and leaves a huge hole in the hearts of all who knew him. Deepest sympathies to Marilyn and all his family. Cherish your memories of him as we will.
May 7, 2020
He was among my favorite nephews and believe me, I love them all but, Jamad and I had a special bond. While living in NY he visited me and my wife Janet twice and the last time was most beautiful because he bought his girlfriend Marilyn with him. I could see right away the love they shared for each other. He is gone much too soon and we loved and shall miss him dearly . Uncle JD
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