September 12, 2013
Hydrick L. “Jack” Kirby
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Hydrick L. “Jack” Kirby, 92, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
Mr. Kirby was born in Union on Dec. 13, 1920, a son of the late Hydrick L. Kirby, Sr., and Virginia B. Kirby. He was a 1939 graduate of Union High School, attended Clemson College and graduated from Presbyterian College. He participated in the ROTC program at both colleges and was a member of the Precision Marching Drill Team at Clemson. He worked at Kohler Company in Spartanburg for 16 years before transferring to Kohler’s Brownwood, Texas, plant. He worked there for three years before joining Eljer Plumbing Ware in Tupelo, MS as a staff member for six years. Mr. Kirby retired to Hendersonville, N.C., in April of 1986. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville where he was an ordained deacon.
During World War II, Mr. Kirby served in the First Infantry Division — also known as the Big Red One — in Europe. He was Rifle Squad Leader and was awarded the Purple Heart three times.
Survivors include his wife of 34 ½ years, Jane Fullbright Whisnant Kirby; two stepsons, Greg Whisnant and wife Mary of Columbia, Md., and Jeffrey Whisnant and his wife, Lisa, of Seneca; four step-grandchildren, Byron Whisnant and his wife, Jocelyn of Texas and Evan, Jared and Aubrey Whisnant, all of Seneca; and one step-great-grandson, Septon Whisnant of Texas.
Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Frances Adams Kirby; his parents; a sister, Marguerite K. Bradley and a brother, Harold W. Kirby, all of Union.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Wally Shamburger and Rev. Skip Fendley. Burial will be at Philippi Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, N.C., 28731.
S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home