Gail Kirby

Gail Connell Kirby, 86, of Rhodhiss departed this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Amorem Caldwell Hospice, Hudson.

She was born in Cabarrus County on August 26, 1935, daughter of the late Rev. Lloyd Vernon Connell and Eva Furr Connell. Gail was married to the love of her life for 67 years. She was an avid Christian who loved the Lord. Gail had a true love for music, and loved to sing Christian songs. She loved to read and work puzzles during her spare time. She was a Kindergarten and second grade teachers aide at Granite Falls Elementary School for over twenty years. She loved children, was a faithful wife and mother, and was the best mamaw.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Julian Rogers; her brother, Edwin Douglas Connell; two sisters, Pat Triplette and Nancy Penninger; and her grandson, Joshua Kirby.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Joe Kirby, Sr.; three children, Cynthia Rogers of Clover, S.C.; Joe “Joey” Kirby, Jr. and wife Dana of Hickory, N.C.; and Jeffrey Kirby and wife Michelle of Lenoir, N.C.; her brother, Lynn Vernon Connell and wife Elaine of Conover, N.C.; her grandchildren, Katelyn Kirby, Kasey Kirby, Anna Port and husband Jordan, Sara Kirby, Aaron Kirby and Jonah Kirby; one great-grandchild, Kalhan Taylor; one step-grandchild, Dan Rogers and wife Tabitha; and two step-great grandchildren, Kirsten McIntosh and Darren Rogers.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday January 15, 2022 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, with Pastor Nicholas Wilson officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 7449 Oak Ridge Church Rd. Connelly Springs, NC 28612 or Amorem Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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Mackie Funeral Service and Cremations is assisting the family.

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