NEW MADRID -- Roger Kirk passed away Feb. 6, 2006, at Jackson Manor in Jackson.
Born April 19, 1919, in Decatur, Tenn., son of the late James Kirk and Tinnie Mae Jennings, he was raised by his aunt and uncle, the late Jim and Sallie Belle Bowman.
Roger was a private in the Army, stationed in England during World War II. He was with the 53rd General Hospital Ambulance Drivers and received an honorable discharge after serving from 1943 to 1945. He met his future bride by tossing his address in a truck she was driving and then they became pen pals. Mary was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and was a driver of motor transports. They were married shortly after their first meeting while they were both still in England.
Roger was a mechanic at New Madrid John Deere and service manager for Portageville John Deere until his retirement. He was an auxiliary police officer, deputy sheriff volunteer and a member of the American Legion Post 595. He was baptized into the Catholic faith on Jan. 29, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
On Oct. 27, 1944, he married Mary Jane Woolridge of Fontmell Magna, England, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Roger H. "Sonny" and Kay Kirk of Jackson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane Ann and Jim Wooley of DeBary, Fla., and Sue and John Kelly of Tampa, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Capt. Jason Kirk of USAF, Alyssa Seabaugh, Steven Kirk, John Kirk, Ryan Wooley, Eric Wooley, Patty Ellsworth, Gina Haddad, Marty Cobb and eight great-grandchildren. He also had an "adopted" daughter and son-in-law, Joella and Dewey Jones of New Madrid.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Richard's Funeral Home in New Madrid, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Randall Tochtrop will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.
Pallbearers will be: Ryan Wooley, Eric Wooley, Steven Kirk, John Kirk, Dewey Jones and Drake Seabaugh.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Cyrus Porter, Jimmy Henderson, Michael Porter and Buddy Townsend.