Wallace Kirby
1926 - 2020
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Wallace Hines Kirby

October 3, 1926 - September 12, 2020

Asheville

"The lines for me have fallen in pleasant places; yea I have a godly heritage" Psalm 16:6

Wallace Hines Kirby died in Asheville, NC on September 12, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.

Wallace was born to Teague and Hattie Kirby and raised in Roxboro, NC. He served in the United States Navy during WW2 and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950 with a degree in business. He worked for the city of Roxboro with his father, Teague, at the Kirby Theater after graduation. He then received the call to Christian ministry and attended Duke University Divinity School. It is there that he met the love of his life, Sally Ann Broome. Wallace graduated from Duke in 1954, was ordained in the United Methodist Church, married Sally and together they started a family and ministry together. They served churches in Fremont, Wallace, Dunn, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Durham.

Following Sally's death in 1987 Wallace moved to Louisburg in 1990 and there met and married Dixie Anderson in 1991. He retired from the United Methodist Church in 1992. Wallace and Dixie moved to Roxboro in 1996, and in 2006 moved to Asheville where they enjoyed many good years at Givens Estates. After a period of declining health, Wallace moved home with his family until his death.

Wallace loved vacationing at Lake Junaluska, making "rock critters", baking bread, reading, writing and Duke University. His greatest joy in life was found in his family and the many, many deep friendships he developed and maintained over the years. Wallace maintained a deep love for the Church and a belief in its resilience. His wit, humor and caring spirit will be missed by so many.

Wallace was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Sally; son Mark Clayton Kirby; and sister, Anita Catherine Kirby Morgan. He is survived by Dixie Kirby (second wife), and children Ann Kirby (George), John Kirby (Shelia), Lem Kirby (Laura), Lisa Kirby and his grandchildren Greyson, Stewart, Chapman, Emerson, Paul, Mark and Wallace.

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Published in The News and Observer on Sep. 14, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
Wallace and Sally were of great comfort to me and my Dad when Dad and my mother divorced while Wallace served in Fremont.
Sandy Hooks Bundgaard
Friend
September 21, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sandy Bundgaard
Friend
September 20, 2020
Dr. Kirby was always wonderful to me, even mailing me cards to thank me when he liked my sermon. I'm glad to have his book. Rest in peace Dr. Kirby. Kay Johnson
Kathryn Johnson
Friend
September 19, 2020

WALLACE WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND TO ME AND MY FAMILY GROWING UP IN ROXBORO, INCLUDING SINGING IN CHURCH CHOIR BESIDE HIM. WE CONTINUED OUR FRIENDSHIP DURING HIS MINISTRY AND LIFE EVEN AFTER HE RETURNED IN RETIREMENT TO ROXBORO. HE HELPED US DURING TOUGH TIMES INCLUDING SERVING AS MINISTER FOR FUNERAL OF MY MOTHER, SISTER AND A BROTHER. WE WERE PRIVILEGED TO ATTEND HIS GRADUATION IN 1950 FROM UNC. HE GRADUATED FROM DUKE DIVINITY IN 1954 AS I GRADUATED FROM UNDERGRADUATE. WE VISITED WALLACE AND DIXIE AT GIVENS IN THEIR LOVELY COTTAGE AND AGAIN IN MEDICAL UNIT. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES WITH AND OF WALLACE KIRBY!!
Jack and Lael Featherston
Friend
September 19, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Kirby family from the Satterfield family. Pastor Kirby touched all of our lives in one way or another. We literally grew up with him at Edenton Street and will cherish the fond memories. God bless him.
Lisa Satterfield Shank
Friend
September 18, 2020
Rev. Kirby was a member of the Duke University Pastoral Services Advisory Group. I met him there and he befriended me where I grew to have a deep felt appreciation for his wisdom, grace, and steadfastness as a servant of the Lord. He was instrumental in helping me to move my conference membership to the North Carolina Conference in 1992. His was a life well lived!
Jim Rawlings
Friend
September 18, 2020
Wallace Kirby was an admired friend from 1940's forward. As a young man he was a member of Long Memorial Methodist choir when I was director. We sang duets. When he became a Methodist minister, I rejoiced in his service and achievements, his wit and wisdom, his conversations and varied opinions. He was a fine person and a good friend whose memory will be cherished. Sympathy to his family.
Rosalie P. Gates
Friend
September 16, 2020
Peace be with you, Kirby family, as you mourn the death of your father and grandfather. You’ve had to share him with others, like me, whom he took under his wing as pastor, mentor, superintendent and friend. Not a week passes that I don’t quote him or remember his disciplined faithfulness. You’ve chosen a perfect verse of scripture for his obituary, which shows how he has lived a full life before God and neighbor. The Lord be with you.
Clinton W Spence (Clint)
Friend
September 15, 2020
Thinking about the Kirby family during this time. I have fond memories of the Kirby's from summers at Lake Junaluska and am sending my sincere condolences.
Jennifer Hines Pyle
Friend
September 15, 2020
A wonderful man. I miss him so. He was a great friend and mentor.
Chuck Wettergreen
Neighbor
September 15, 2020
A dear, sweet, true Believer and servant!

Linda Bourey
Friend
September 14, 2020
Truly a man of God whose influence covered the bounds of the NC conference of the UMC and beyond.
Anna Gail Workman
Friend
September 14, 2020
I was one of those "young new pastors" encouraged and supported by Rev Kirby. What a caring and wonderful spirit he had! The world needs more like him. Rest in peace!
Hope Vickers
September 14, 2020
I have such good memories of Wallace Kirby and his time at Louisburg United Methodist Church. He was such a kind Pastor. Prayers to his Family.

Anne Hutchinson Summerlin
Anne Summerlin
September 14, 2020
I have fond memories of Wallace as my senior pastor at Edenton Street, and as a friend for years after that. Blessed be his memory and his good works do follow him.
John Patrick “Pat” Colatch.
September 14, 2020
We send our sympathy to the Kirby family during this period of grief. While Dr. Kirby served the Louisburg Church, he came to the hospital when our son was born and later baptized him, which gave us a special connection to him. We were blessed by knowing him as a friend/pastor and God's servant.
S Guerrant Lord
Friend
September 14, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Kirby Family. I remember Pastor Kirby from his days at Edenton Street UMC and how kind he was in my pre-marital counseling. May God keep all of you in a pocket of grace in the coming days.
Cyndi Robinson
Friend
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