Obituary of Darrell McKethen Kirkley
Darrell McKethen Kirkley, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Darrell was born on January 1, 1930 in Jefferson, South Carolina, to the late Kirby Monroe and Nettie Lee Mangum.
Darrell faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force for 20 years, from 1952-1972. During his years in the Air Force he traveled with his family to many different places including Maine, South Carolina, Alaska, France, Texas, back to Alaska, before being deployed to Vietnam twice. Upon Darrell’s return from Vietnam he was stationed in North Dakota, where he retired.
After retiring Darrell relocated back to South Carolina where he reconnected with a High School friend, Carolyn Hinson. Darrell and Carolyn married on July 4th, 1981 and were married for 38 years. Darrel was active in VFW and a longstanding member including being the Commander for 2 years. Darrell was also a member of the West Columbia Masons. Darrell enjoyed watching any and all sports on TV and being with family.
Darrell is survived by his wife Carolyn; son, Doug and wife, Jennifer Kirkley; grandson, Ryan Kirkley; and granddaughter, Lauren Kirkley; daughter, Gayle and husband, Juan Molina; son, Andrew Molina; grandsons, Maximus Molina and Maverick Molina; stepson, Mike and wife, Gloria Lane; daughter, Michelle; and son, Billy; stepdaughter, Elizabeth and husband, Gary Price; daughter, Ashley and son, Robert; and stepdaughter, Patsy Lane. Darrell is also survived by brother, Kirby and wife, Maurice Kirkley; sister, Helen and husband, Ralph Bryant; sister, Peggy and husband, Garland (deceased) Horton; brother, Bob and wife, Diane Kirkley; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service to celebrate the life of Darrell M. Kirkley will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, 4720 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC. 29073, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, with the visitation one prior to time of service, and after the service. Burial will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2019, with full military honors in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate either time or money to Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.; or 8738 VFW of Lexington.To send flowers to the family of Darrell Kirkley, please visit Tribute Store