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 Obituary 

Calvin Kirby, Sr., the son of the late Robert and Bessie Livingston
Kirby, was born February 23, 1924 in Anson County, North
Carolina. He departed this life on February 18, 2008 surrounded
by the love of his family.

Calvin received his early education in the Anson County Public


School System. He later served in the Navy during Word War II
and was honorably discharged.

Calvin was always good with his hands and a lover of cars. He
worked with the L.P. Stuart car dealership until he became self-
employed. Calvin owned and operated Kirby’s Auto Repair where
he provided service to numerous customers in the Washington
Metropolitan Area until his retirement.

At an early age Calvin joined Red Hill Baptist Church in North


Carolina. He was later baptized at the Way of the Cross Church
under the late Henry Chauncey Brooks. In 1969 he became a
member of Holy Temple Church of Christ under the leadership of
Bishop Joseph Weathers where he served as a deacon and an
usher. He also sang in the Men’s Chorus, as well as the
Amalgamated Chorus. Calvin was also a member of the Golden
Age Club.

Calvin married Shirley Rowena, who preceded him in death in


1954. He was also preceded in death by his two daughters Gloria
and Deborah. He was esteemed and well loved by his children:
Ann Tisdale, James Pemberton, Calvin, Jr., Karen, Greta, Corwin
Kirby, and Latricia Agbemashior.

Calvin leaves to cherish his memory, his children; two sisters,


Jessie and Catherine; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins,
and friends.

Above all, Calvin was a good and decent man who always had a
broad smile and quick wit. We remember that life calls for
celebration and joy, thus the tears we shed are for ourselves for
we will deeply miss him.
 Order of Service 

Opening Prayer

Musical Selection………………………Holy Temple Male Chorus

Scripture Reading………………………………….…..Elder Butler


Psalms 23, I Thessalonians 4:14-18

Musical Selection………………………….……….Jonathan Kirby


“Deep River”

Acknowledgments & Church Paper……….…. Bernadine Johnson

Silent Reading of the Obituary

Musical Selection………………..………. Renee Barnes-McSwain


Earl Hargrove, Pianist
“How Great Thou Art”

Reflections (limit 2 minutes)……………………..Family & Friends

Musical Selection………………………Holy Temple Male Chorus

Eulogy………………………..…...Bishop Joseph Weathers, Pastor


Holy Temple Church of Christ

Recessional……………………………...…..Clergy, Family, Guests


“Going Up Yonder”

The Interment will be held on a later date at the


Quantico National Cemetery
 Pall Bearers 
Holy Temple Church of Christ Deacon Board

 Honorary Bearers 
Holy Temple Church of Christ Male Chorus

 Repast 
Will immediately follow the service at the
Holy Temple Church of Christ
439 12th, St., S.E.
Washington, DC

 Services Entrusted to 
Bonnette & Associates Funeral Home
2504 28th St., NE
Washington, DC 20018

(202) 269-6220

 Acknowledgements 
The family wishes to express our gratitude
for the many acts of kindness extended to us
in our time of sorrow.
A Family Poem

Our family circle is broken,


A link is gone from our chain,
But though we parted for awhile
We know we will meet again;
Sometimes it’s hard to understand
That certain things must be,
But there is a reason for it all
Beyond our power to see;
The cover of life’s book is closed
For one we love so well,
But loving deeds from by gone days
Are what the pages tell;
Peaceful be thy rest
It’s sweet to say your name
We loved you dearly in life
So in death we do the same

The Family