Family and friends will gather at the First Baptist Church Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, adorned in shades of blue to celebrate the life of Jobie L. Kirk. The 81-year-old soldier’s soul took flight Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 1:50 p.m. from Marietta’s Lake Country Nursing Center, where he had been a resident for the past two years due to a severe stroke he suffered Jan. 22, 2017 at his home in Ardmore.
Jobie, born Oct. 22, 1937, is the 9th of 11 children born to J.T. and Matilda (Johnson) Kirk in the Berwyn Community. A 1957 graduate of Gene Autry High School, he then began classes at Murray State College in Tishomingo. During his senior high school year, Jobie began his apprenticeship with the Ragsdale Funeral Home. He moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and enrolled in the California College of Mortuary Science. In 1961 he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer, respectively. He returned to Ardmore and again began employment with the Ragsdale Mortuary, this time as a licensed employee. The calling was most definitely a calling upon his life, for he fulfilled his duties with utmost respect and satisfaction from every family who entrusted the services of their loved one to him.    
Jobie founded Frontier Funeral Home in 1974, prior to acquiring Dawson-Dillard funeral home in 1975. He was sole proprietor of Kirk-Dawson-Dillard Funeral Home until 1988. In 1988, Jobie purchased the Frazier Meat Market and renovations began to transform it into the establishment which houses Kirk Funeral Home today. Jobie loved his work as a mortician. His final touches were evident that this position was a God-given art. Jobie treasured the families who entrusted their professional services to him, always reminding them, “We are Large enough to serve; yet, small enough to care.” The profession continues to change. Integration evoked a tremendous challenge into the profession. Nonetheless, Jobie said, “I believe that the key to a successful future can be found in our past History – the quality of services rendered, rather than the quantity of services rendered. It is our determination to render caring and thoughtful services.” Jobie practiced this tradition throughout his ministry as a servant to Carter County and the surrounding communities. A longtime businessman, additionally Jobie was a rancher in Gene Autry, and owner of rental properties. Both these businesses helped sustain the funeral business during turbulent times. All tenants can truthfully say with conviction, “Jobie Kirk was a most thoughtful and lenient Landlord.”  
Jobie accepted Christ as Lord and Savior during his youth at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Gene Autry. In 1981, he accepted his call into the ministry and was licensed and later ordained by the Rev. E.C. Beatty at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Following many years of commitment and faithful services, Jobie moved his membership to Ardmore’s First Missionary Baptist Church.
Jobie is preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings, Minneola Williams, Buford Kirk, Bertie Mae Kirk, Carrie Hargro, Mae Fannie Hamilton, Christine Rainwater, and Katherine Roberts; three nephews, Alvin, Isaiah, and Donald Roberts, and a niece, Elra Jean Ligons. He leaves to cherish precious memories his wife of 40 years, the former Willie Halstied; her daughter, Wanda Douglas, her granddaughter, Angelic Gurrusqueita; the mother of his children, Nadine Gresham Overstreet, and four children born during their marriage, JoGail Leonard, Jobie Kirk, Jr., Johnie Kirk and Dayna Kirk; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; an aunt, Rozella Hart; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, in-laws, the First Baptist Church Family and those who have entrusted the services of their loved ones to Kirk Funeral Home.  
Family will receive friends at Kirk Funeral Home Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Viewal will be held in Kirk Chapel beginning Friday at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Condolences may be sent to kirkfuneralhome@cableone.net.