Mr. Edgar “Junior” Kirkley, age 75, of the Marvin Community, died Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at his home after a brief illness. He was a native of Toombs County and lived in Marvin most of his life. He retired as a correctional officer after thirty years from the Georgia Department of Corrections in Reidsville, and worked twelve years with the Toombs County Road Department. He was an active member of the Providence Missionary Baptist Church and was the church greeter for many years. All that knew Junior recognized his love for animals; he had peacocks, coon dogs, goats, donkeys, raised July Hounds and Great Pyrenees; and he enjoyed fox hunting. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Wilkins Kirkley and Nettie Eileen Kirkland Kirkley; one brother, Don Clifton; and an infant sister, Hillis Kirkley.
Survivors include his wife, Song Kirkley of Marvin; two children, Vince W. Kirkley and wife Anessa of Vidalia, and Judy Edwards and husband Eugene of Lyons; one brother, Wayne Kirkley and wife Barbara of Marvin; three grandchildren, Cory Kirkley and wife Casey of Cedar Crossing, Chelsea Griffin and husband Bradley of Lyons, and Jonathon Edwards and wife Courtney of Lyons; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the Providence Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 until just prior to the service.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Providence Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 982 Providence Church Road, Lyons, GA 30436, or the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 210, Vidalia, GA 30475.
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