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Kenny Kirkland

Kenny Kirkland, 51, of Colquitt, Ga., passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

At the request of the City of Colquitt, the funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Pirate Stadium with Rev. Cory Thomas and Rev. William Smith officiating. A private interment will be held at Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Colquitt Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard serving as active pallbearers.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. Memorial donations may be made to Miller County Pirate Pride Band Boosters, PO Box 4, Colquitt, Ga. 39837.

Kenneth Ray Kirkland was born November 13, 1969, in Melbourne, Fla., the son of Melvin & Sandra Hudson Kirkland. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School and ABAC Police Academy. Kenny married Teresa Rich in 2001 and they made their home in Colquitt. He was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church.

Known as a gentle giant, Kenny had a difficult time saying no. In fact, he volunteered for ten years as the band equipment manager and never missed a single game. He was an avid woodworker and master craftsman. Kenny enjoyed the outdoors and told tall tales of his hunting and fishing expeditions. His servant’s heart led him to a career in law enforcement, most recently serving as Chief of Police in Colquitt. Those that knew him realized he could hold his own but was really a tender heart.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Teresa Kirkland; their children Ashley Glen & Lindsay Anderson of Bainbridge, Ga., and Brian Anderson & Dana Tomlinson of Colquitt, Ga.; his grandchildren, Lydia, Isabella, and Marley; his brother, David Kirkland and his wife, Bethany; and a host of extended family. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents.

Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. (229-246-3321)