William Dowling Kirkham

December 25, 1945June 8, 2021

William “Bill” Dowling Kirkham, 75, of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was born in Mobile, AL to Robert Taylor “R.T.” Kirkham, Sr. and Marie Boozer Kirkham. Visitation will be Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at The Church at Stone River on Danville, Road. Funeral service will begin at 3:00pm at the church. Burial will be at Burningtree Cemetery. Mr. Kirkham is survived by his wife Brenda of 48 years; sons, Brett Kirkham of FL and Bart Kirkham (Amy) of North Carolina; granddaughter, Kayla Grace Kirkham of North Carolina; brother, Mark Kirkham (Wynelle) of Rogersville, AL; sisters, Patricia Kight of Leroy, AL and Carol Etheridge (Stan) of Thomasville, AL; sisters-in-law, Laurice Kirkham and DeAnne Rodenburg; brothers-in-law, Delton Blalock, Maurice Blalock (Mary Beth), and Dwight Blalock (Suzette); several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert “Bob” Kirkham, Jr., and brothers-in-law, Frank Kight and Carl Rodenburg. Mr. Kirkham taught school in Marengo Co. for 2 years and 29 years at Decatur High School. He was active in Boy Scouts for 40 years. Mr. Kirkham worked with his hands from wheat farming in Oklahoma with his family to water well drilling. He served as a church youth leader and participated in the youth programs through the Methodist churches. Mr. Kirkham could always be seen helping and serving others. He will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing, loving, and learning from him. He received degrees in Industrial Arts, Sociology and Psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He continued his education at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where he received a master’s degree in Industrial Arts Education. He also attended the University of Alabama. Mr. Kirkham was honored with many awards from safety in teaching, The Cross and Flame from the Methodist Church, and the Silver Beaver Award for his volunteer activities in scouting. His great honor were the 16 eagle scouts during his tenure as scout master.



  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 12, 2021


  • Burial


William Dowling Kirkham

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Beverly Basham Smith

June 12, 2021

Mr. Kirkham ( he will always be Mr. Kirkham to me) was the shop teacher when I was at Decatur High from 1972 until 1975. I was his assistant in his shop class and as the only female in a room full of fellas, I was a bit of an anomaly. If anyone started giving a little more attention to the class assistant instead of the class itself, Mr. Kirkham was quick to get them in line and divert their attention away from me. He was very protective and I really appreciated that. He also managed to bring humor into the situation and to daily classes. He was a kind man, and I remember him with much warmth.

Beth Wesley

June 12, 2021

Mr. Kirkham was not a teacher of mine but he assisted in a homeroom I was in. His kindness and assistance to me made a lasting impression on me. I am so sorry to hear of his loss and pray for comfort and peace for his family.

Tom and Mary Lou Boyle

June 12, 2021

Loved being your across the street neighbors on Nell St and watching the boys grow up. The plums from your tree were put to good use as my German brother-in-law made excellent plum wine.
Missed seeing you after we moved.

Michael Wingo

June 11, 2021

Bill is my Friend.
When my sons were in the Cub & Boy Scouts Bill providied the best experiences for them and me.
Bill was always there whenever there was a problem to resolve or a smile to share with all of us.
He gave of himself among all of us.
I shall miss his presence and his humor about life.
Journey well my Friend for I shall join you soon enough.