Margie “Mamaw” Lucille Kirkland, of Sweetwater, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019, at U.T. Medical Center, surrounded by those that loved her.
She was a matriarch in the Kirkland family, strength in the family structure and the humor that kept so much together. She loved to a fault, and had more spunk than should be contained in one person. Her personality was explosive, and she never knew a stranger.
She was a faithful member of Nazarene Church in Sweetwater, who loved Jesus, especially more so in her senior years.
She was a former employee of 411 Sewing Factory and Powell Military, and was an avid seamstress for family and Salt & Light Studios.
She was 82 years old.
Preceded in death by: her parents, Robert Taylor and Pearlie Mae Reynolds; husband, Elmer “Buck” Kirkland, of 48 years; son, Larry Kirkland; brothers and sisters, Hubert Reynolds, Henry Reynolds, Homer “Buddy” Reynolds, Dovie Mae Moses, Nora Lea Clowers, Maude Daily, Myrtle Kirkland, Stanley Reynolds; grandson, Brad Labanowitz.
Survivors include: her sons, Dennis Kirkland and wife, Robin, of Sweetwater, Gary and Brenda Kirkland, of Madisonville;
Daughter-in-law, Margie Kirkland, of Loudon;
Grandchildren, Travis Kirkland and wife, Amy, Andrea Kirkland Lynn and husband, Greg, Heather Kirkland, Lauren Kirkland Phillips and husband, Michah, Andrew Kirkland, Erica Kirkland, Nathan Kirkland, Tyler Kirkland;
Great-grandchildren, Tori Kirkland, Ellie Kirkland, Sadie Kirkland, Jace Lynn, Marley Lynn;
Brothers, Eugene Reynolds and wife, Estelle “Flip”, Charlie Reynolds;
Special nephew, Dewayne Reynolds;
Special niece, Kathy Reynolds;
Special friends, Mae Guinn and Weezy;
Several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater. The funeral service followed at 7 p.m. in Kyker’s Chapel, with the Rev. Clarence Hogg officiating. A graveside service and internment was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Sweetwater Memorial Park.
Kyker Funeral Homes is in charge of all arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com