OBITUARY

Mike Kirksey

August 2, 1955February 14, 2020

Mike Kirksey, 64, of Friendswood, Texas, passed from this life peacefully into the welcoming arms of Jesus on February 14, 2020 after a brave, five-year-long battle with PSP.

Mike was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on August 2, 1955 to Virginia Taylor Kirksey and Jerrel Dean Kirksey and moved to Houston, Texas with his parents and two brothers in 1966 where he would live until his passing.

He graduated from Dobie High School in 1973 and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Harding University in 1976. He obtained his Texas CPA license shortly thereafter.

He married the love of his life, Debi Kirksey, on December 27, 1976 at Sun Valley Church of Christ in Houston. Together they lovingly and faithfully raised two sons, Ryan and Jason.

Mike acquired many close friends in his lifetime and some of his most cherished memories were with friends on trips to the Indianapolis 500, fishing expeditions, rounds of golf, and travels around the world. Mike was a giant in the Houston business community and was a recognized leader at all points along his professional journey. His employers included Arthur Anderson, Keystone International, Input/Output, Metals USA, Sirva, Endeavour, Stewart & Stevenson, and W.W. Williams. His work allowed him to spend time living and working in places such as Brussels, Belgium; Chicago, Illinois; and London, England, but he always called Houston his home.

He had a passion for his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his church, and great Mexican food. In his personal and professional life, Mike was foremost a man of never-ending faith and servanthood, acting as an elder, spiritual leader, and Bible class teacher for the Southeast Church of Christ for many years. His legacy of loving and supporting the children of Southeast Church of Christ is one that will be remembered for years to come.

He is survived by his parents; Jerrel and Virginia Kirksey of Houston, his wife, Debi Kirksey of Houston, Texas, children; Ryan Kirksey (Allison) of League City, Texas, Jason Kirksey (Cristen) of Pearland, Texas, brothers; Tim Kirksey of Tyler, Texas, and Terry Kirksey of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and grandchildren; Jordan Kirksey, Jackson Kirksey, Matthew Kirksey, and Madelyn Kirksey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Southeast Church of Christ Family Ministry at secoc.org (add a memo designating “On behalf of Mike Kirksey”).

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 29, 2020

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David Stutts

April 4, 2020

I have been thinking about Mike lately as we all deal with this pandemic crisis. Mike always had a way of keeping things in perspective, and I know he would have done the same through this with calming wisdom and faithfulness.

Mike was such a great friend and a mentor to me, and I will forever be grateful for all the ways we were able to work together and share time with him and Debi over many years. I do miss him!

I attach a great photo that I recently uncovered of Mike and several of us in California on a golfing trip. We had a blast...as always was the case with Mike!!

Diana Mayhew

February 21, 2020

What can I say about this guy? I've known him for a long time since the mid 70s. First time I had ever seen his face was in a wedding portrait of him and his lovely wife Debi. His mother-in-law Lita Rue Baten was so proud of her new son-in-law he was married to their beautiful daughter Debi! I had just met the family after getting married to David Mayhew. Which Mike and I had in common our in-laws knowing each other's in laws since their young married days of raising their kids together at Sun Valley Church of Christ .So here we were another generation of couples starting our families and raising them in the church !Which later on many of us moved to Southeast ! Debi and husband Mike was one of those young couples that stood out in a crowd! Very involved in different ministries along with being hospitable and bringing people into their home for visits .Plus visiting in others homes and leading others to Christ. As they raised their two beautiful boys Ryan and Jason! I could go on and on about their loving generous ways of Love shown to many of us during good times and in bad times within our personal lives! Mike was my favorite spiritual leader that Shepherd the flock during his eldership days. I loved his Bible class lessons! He seemed bigger than life when he stood at the podium with his beautiful smile and strong personality .He always had something uplifting to say which made ones spirit soar as they left the classroom to tackle another week until the next Sunday morning lesson. God's Blessings to you Debi,Ryan ,Jason ,and family! Love you much!❤️ Mike was an awesome man of God ! His legacy will live on in the hearts of many!❤️ Rest in peace my friend! (Diana {Mayhew}... Eignus)

Rod Keen

February 21, 2020

I was not blessed by knowing Mike a long time, less than four years. However, in that short period of time I have grown to love him and his family. He provided the Southeast Church of Christ a priceless gift through his loving and faithful leadership. Ryan told me that even when Mike was at the point where he no longer could respond he still enjoyed hearing from those who would take the time to hold his hand and share what was going on in their lives. I was blessed with this activity several times over the ensuing months. Mike would hold on to my hand tightly as I spoke. I am sure that he heard, appreciated, and understood every word. He leaves behind an amazing legacy seen in the lives of Debi, his sons, and grandchildren. Even though he will be greatly missed, I share in the joy of his being in the presence of the Lord he served so faithfully. I am sure that his family finds great comfort in this knowledge. Una and I both love and cherish you all.

Douglas Nastally

February 21, 2020

Mike will surely be missed. We so much enjoyed our annual golf outing with Hal, Jared, Mike and the Nastally family in Texas. Mike was so much fun to talk to, laugh with and to simply spend time with. Our condolences for your family's loss and the loss of a dear friend.

Maureen Dierkes

February 20, 2020

To all the Kirksey family...we send our love and prayers. Mike fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith! 2 Timothy 4:7-8. He lived life to the full...serving the Lord, loving his family, sharing his God given talents through his work, his church and in the community. He gave his all. What a beautiful life and legacy. ❤️

Glenn Burdeaux

February 20, 2020

When I think back on all of the adult bible class teachers that I have had at Southeast, six names instantly rise to the top of that list. Mike Kirksey will forever hold a spot on that list of top six. Always a blessing to hear him teach. His teaching abilities, life example and leadership will be greatly missed. RIP Mike!

Wendy Taylor

February 20, 2020

Mike will always be treasured as a man with great integrity and love of his family. I cherish the memories of holidays, vacation and many fun times together in Europe. I am so glad I saw him recently in Houston. Debi - you and all your family are in my prayers. Much love, Wendy

Jeni Ellis Halliday

February 20, 2020

Scott and I loved the times we spent together in London. We will cherish those memories. Rest In Peace Dear Friend.

Mark Shirley

February 17, 2020

So sad to hear this. Mike was one of the good guys during my Andersen Years (80-94) and after with his ongoing support to me and my business since I left Andersen in 1994. I know Mike leaves a larger than life big hole in the lives for all who were blessed to know him. Prayers for peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding for the Kirksey Family during this time of loss.

Barry Dunne

February 17, 2020

So incredibly sad to learn of Mike's passing. Mike was always the perfect gentleman, and so generous with his time and talents. During their time in Chicago, Mike and Debbie worshiped with us at the Naperville Church of Christ. Mike was a tremendous help in leading the capital campaign for our building's new addition.
We'll always remember Mike and Debbie's Texas "can do spirit" and Mike's ever present smile.
Our lives have been blessed by knowing him.
Barry and Carol Dunne

FROM THE FAMILY