Paul Audrey Kirby © Enid News and Eagle 08-19-2011 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
ENID — Service for Paul Audrey Kirby, 79, of Lamont, Okla., will be 10 a.m. today, Aug. 16, 2011, at First Christian Church, Lamont. Burial will be in Lamont Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Pond Creek.
Paul was born on Good Friday, April 14, 1932, on the Edward Kirby homestead, five miles west of Lamont. His parents, Ed Kirby and Rena Huffington were married on Christmas Eve, 1922, and to that union five children were born: Loreta (Redman Knight), Florence Brewer and Joel, Paul and Frank Kirby.
Four generations lived on that farm that was staked during the Cherokee strip Run in 1893. The homestead is still owned by the family. Ed Kirby died in 1942, leaving Paul, his mother and brothers taking over the farm management.
Paul attended rural Rich Valley School until high school age, then transferred and graduated from Lamont High School.
No family reunion since was complete without talk of those football days and games. Paul's interests were faith, family, farming and football.
Paul married Marvagene Minnick May 31, 1952, at First Christian Church, Pond Creek.
After working at Tonkawa for several years, Paul and his brothers went into farming together. Later, they each owned and operated their own dairy.
Paul was a deacon and served on the church board at First Christian Church, Lamont, for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Marvagene of the home; sons, Kent and wife LaJean Kirby of Enid and Clay and wife Janie Kirby of Stonewall; daughters, Paula and husband Jack Stockwell of Lamont and Carla and husband Rick Landis of Medford; sisters, Florence Brewer and Loreta Knight; brother, Frank Kirby; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six nieces; and six nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Rena Kirby and one brother, Joel Kirby.
(Submitted by family)
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