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Bill Terry Kirby

May 7, 1934 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Bill Kirby Obituary

Bill Terry Kirby, Sr., 89, a long-time resident of Shalimar, FL, passed away on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023, in hospice care at Westwood Nursing Home in Fort Walton Beach, FL. 

He was born on May 7th, 1934, in River Falls, AL to Forrest Ruth Kirby and Harry Kirby. A skilled athlete, he played basketball, baseball, and football at Andalusia High School. Shortly after graduation he met the love of his life, Betty Sue Hare, and they were married in March of 1954. He started his career in insurance sales with his first position in Panama City, FL. After a brief period, they moved back to Ft. Walton Beach where they had four children. Several years later, they built their dream home in Shalimar, FL to raise their family. Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. He took great pleasure in keeping it as beautiful as Augusta National.

Bill is survived by his children, Bill Terry Kirby Jr. (Tanya) of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Anthony Allen Kirby (Laura) of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and Jennifer Kirby Brown (John) of Pensacola, FL. Five grandchildren; Mallory Jehring (Bill), Lauren Kirby (Bill), Anthony Kirby (Anthony), Hannah Odom (Jennifer), and Max Brown (Jennifer). Two sisters, Martha Weiner and Sandra Kirby, and one brother-in-law, Frank Hare among many nieces and nephews. He also had many life-long friends whom he kept in touch with. 

He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Betty Sue Kirby, son, Lynn Kirby, and many siblings; Faye Pippin, Anne Collett, Sam Kirby, Betty Powell, and his brother-in-law, Carlton Hare.

The memorial service will be held at Shalimar United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 28th at 11:00am. Visitation will be held at 10:00am prior to the service. Arrangements are under the care of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home. If you would like to share memories or express condolences and sign the guest book, please visit In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Emerald Coast Hospice

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December 28, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Shalimar United Methodist Church
1 Old Ferry Rd
Shalimar, FL 32579

Memorial Service
December 28, 2023

11:00 AM
Shalimar United Methodist Church
1 Old Ferry Rd
Shalimar, FL 32579


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Emerald Coast Hospice
1301 Eglin Parkway D, Shalimar FL 32578


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