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Cordell “Gomer” Kirby

Cordell “Gomer” Kirby, 75, of Nashville, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

He was born July 14, 1935 in Spencer, the oldest son of Paul and Carrie (Evans) Kirby. He worked for over 20 years in road construction as a pipe layer. He loved the outdoors, especially coon and deer hunting. He will always be remembered for his big stories.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Greer in 1977; baby sister, Lena; great-granddaughter, Ava Annette in 2007; daughter-in-law, Amanda Kirby in 2009; and stepfather, Leftric Sapp.

He is survived by his children, Annette (Jerry) Hennessey of Corona, California, James Kirby of Nashville, Paul (Connie) Kirby of Charlotte, Sharon (Jerry) Parks of Charlotte, Donna Kirby of Charlotte; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; brothers, Willie, J.L. and Junior Kirby and Johnny and Tony Sapp; sisters, Marie Kirby Sapp and Janie Sapp Newby, all of Pikeville; loving companion Irene Roberts Blaylock.

Funeral services were held May 31 at the Charlotte Assembly of God Church with Reverend Shane Bryant officiating. Interment was in Kalamo Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

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Arrangements were made by Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

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