Born: Wednesday Dec 5, 1934

Died: Saturday May 2, 2020

K. Wayne Kirkman

December 5, 1934 - May 2, 2020

K. Wayne Kirkman, age 85 of Eden, NC passed away on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2020, at UNC Rockingham Health & Rehab.

A private graveside service will be held 2 pm Tuesday at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens. Mr. Kirkman will lie-in-state on Monday afternoon and Tuesday until noon for anyone wishing to come by Fair Funeral Home and pay their respects and sign the register book.

The graveside service will be live streamed on Facebook and later can also be viewed at     

Mr. Kirkman was born December 5, 1934 in Spray, NC (Eden) to the late Howard and Odie Gauldin Kirkman.  He was a graduate of Tri-City High School Class of 1953 and attended Elon College for 2 years. Wayne was a proud member of the Tri-City Jaycees and was instrumental in the consolidation of the three towns, Leaksville, Spray and Draper now Eden. He was also a lifetime member of the Eden Jaycees and president of Two Brothers Food Markets. Wayne retired from the U.S. Postal Service and served on the Eden School Board and still a member and past chairman of the Rockingham County School Board.  He was a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church.

Surviving are wife, Marjorie Dunleavy Kirkman; sons, Kenny Kirkman and wife Tina, Tim Kirkman and wife Dr. Kelly Barker and Chris Kirkman and wife Andriana; 7 grandchildren, 7 great- grandchildren and soon to be 1great- grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 600 Morgan Road, Eden, NC 27288.

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Prayers for comfort at this time of loss. Thankful for the promise of Heaven and the assurance of eternal life. Tommy and Brenda
Tommy and Brenda Haynes

Kenny I was so sad to hear of your fathers passing. You and your family are in my prayers. God Bless you all during this time.
Don Janney

Kenny & Tim - I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Lisa Shively Harbour

It was a tribute to know a man of his integrity. A man of change, that allowed the City of Eden to prosper and grow into a healthier town. A man that believed in improving our school system, to better serve our student population. He will be remembered as an icon, that represented education and industry. Good Christian man, with Morales and values. Awesome father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather. It will take many people to fill his shoes in the community. May God comfort the family during this time.
Tommy Griffin

On behalf of the members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, we extend our deepest condolences to the Kirkman family. May the soul of Wayne Kirkman Rest In Peace. Please be assured that you are in our prayers
The Rev. Wheigar Bright

We are so sorry to read of the passing of Wayne. I remember him attending St. Luke’s as well as through the years. He has been a great citizen of Eden and served the city well. Prayers and deepest sympathy to all of the family.
Susan & Louis Childrey

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this time of loss. May God comfort you in the days ahead. Love and Prayers, Harry and Sandra
Harry and Sandra Edmonds

So sorry to hear about Wayne's death. We were good friends and I know he will be missed. Praying for wife and family.
Wilfred Aheron

I am so sorry for your loss. May your hearts be filled with God's peace and love during this difficult time. Wayne was a caring person and I know he will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you.
Martha Huff

Another old friend gone to his reward. Wayne and I made so many milk shakes and ice cream cone and sundaes at Meadow Dairies back in the 1950s. He was good friend and I treasure my memories of him. Prayers for the family I know he will missed by so many. In Christian love, Keith Hundley

Keith Hundley

Dear Kirkman family....So sorry for your loss!!! Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time!!! God Bless you all!!
Micki M. Neal

Tim and Kenny,I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a fine man and enjoyed the many years that I knew him.
Scott Brame

Please accept my sincerest condolences in the loss of Wayne. He was our mailman years ago when I worked as a secretary at the end of Klyce Street. He always had something nice to say about folks and interesting things that might have happened during his route. Since retirement, whenever we'd see him and Mrs. Kirkmsn at a venue in town, he'd always speak a quiet "hello" and both would give us inviting smiles. I know he'll be missed by many. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you all feel God's loving presence with you each of you in the days to come.
Debbie Thompson Horton

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Wayne Kirkman. Especially! Kenny and Tim whom were my co-workers with me for several years. Love and prayers to your family. Frank
Frank Odell

I remember Mr. Kirkman as our neighborhood mailman. Honorable, trustworthy and kind, he represented the best of those in authority. His sons were also leaders in our scout troop. Good family, sad for your loss. The world was a better place because of him. Condolences, Jerry Garrett
Jerry Garrett

Mr. K. Wayne Kirkman, meant so much to our community and to so many people throughout the years. He accomplished and achieved so much throughout his lifetime. His legacy will live on and will never be forgotten. Remembering you in this difficult time!! May God give you Peace, Comfort and Strength!!
Jeffrey Rakestraw

We wanted to express our sympathy to your family. Wayne was a long time friend and will be missed by so many in our community for his long standing service.
George Robertson

Marjorie, please accept my heart felt condolences, I was deeply saddened by Wayne's passing. Wayne hired me at Meadow Dairies at the age of 15. He was truly my mentor. He not only taught me how to make the second best milk shake in Eden(we know who made the best), but he taught me how to deal with all types of people.Those lessons have been invaluable to me all my life. Tommy Rhodes
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