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Charles C. Kirby

January 5, 1944July 7, 2018
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Mr. Charles Carey Kirby, age 74, of Canton, Georgia, passed away on July 7, 2018. Charles was born on January 5, 1944 in Ruston, Louisiana, to the late T.C. and Esther Kirby.

Charles was a family man and also an excellent provider for his family. He loved spending time outside in his backyard caring for the landscape, enjoying nature, and relaxing in the retreat he created. He also liked to have family gatherings, grilling, and his daily nap. In 1967, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech. Charles worked for the USDA for 25 years before retiring. After he retired, he worked as a child nutritionist for the state of Mississippi for 9 years. Because he was born and raised in Louisiana, he had a love for southern style food and activities. He would often watch sports on television, and one of his favorites was football. He mostly enjoyed watching college football, such as UGA and LSU; however, he did cheer for the Dallas Cowboys and the Falcons as well. In 1966, through mutual friends, he met the love of his life, Susan Caffery. On June 10, 1967, Charles and Susan got married and they spent 51 loving years together before his passing.

Along with his parents, T.C. and Esther, Charles is preceded in death by his brother, Billy Kirby and brother-in-law, Larry Taylor.

He is survived by daughters, Christa (Luis Navarro) Taylor, Cindy (Geoff) Muehlberger and Cheryl Blewitt; brother, John (Diane) Kirby; sister, Dot Taylor; grandchildren, Ryan Muehlberger, Kyle Muehlberger, Sarah Taylor, Sage Taylor, Ruthie Blewitt, and Charlie Blewitt.

A funeral service to honor Mr. Charles Kirby will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Woodstock Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service, and there will also be a small reception following the service. He will be laid to rest at Rolling Hills Memorial Gardens. Please leave fond memories and condolences for the family at www.woodstockfuneralhome.com on his webpage.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles’ name to the American Cancer Society.

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  • The American Cancer Society

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  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 13, 2018
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Ana Casanova

July 13, 2018

Our deepest condolenses for your loss.
The Casanova’s

Ann Temple Fertitta

July 12, 2018

Susan: I am Very Sorry to hear about your loss and are sending prayers for you and family.
Ann Temple and Joe Fertitta Class of 1961 RHS

Vicki Pate

July 11, 2018

Charles and Susan were the best of friends to Tom and me over 45 years. Tom knew Charles since college and worked with him at USDA. He and Charles were quite a duo then. We remained friends all these years and got together when we could. Tom died in October. As Susan said, “Heaven better watch out!”

Gary May

July 11, 2018

I share my condolences and prayers to the family of Charles Kirby along with many others.
I first met Mr. Kirby when he worked at USDA . Later I worked with Mr. Kirby when he was the State Director for Child Nutrition in Mississippi and then at the National Food Service Management Institute. Mr. Kirby was a visionary who knew where we needed to go and how he wanted to get there. Mr. Kirby had an open door policy and was willing to listen and offer guidance but he expected you to hold your own in your area.
In life we have several families: the one we are born into, the one that we create and the one where we work are but a few examples.
I was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the MS Child Nutrition family of which Mr. Kirby was a part.

Jane Lancaster

July 11, 2018

My condolences to the Kirby family. I had the pleasure of working for Charles when he became the Food Stamp Director for the Atlanta Southeast Regional Office, although I had known him for years going back to the time he worked in the Dallas, Texas Regional Office. He was an "idea man" and super smart, and fun at the same time. He was very supportive of his staff and they in turn were loyal to him. Charles Kirby was simply the Best!

Jane Lancaster

Beverly Cummins Ferrell

July 11, 2018

A very special man and mentor. His legacy will live on in SERO of USDA, MDE Child Nutrition and in my heart. Thank you Mr. Kirby for everything.

Lanna Kirk

July 10, 2018

Charles was brought into the Southeast Regional Office of USDA (late 70’s) to make needed changes- no more 3 martini lunches for starters. He tackled resistance from staff (the Prince George regulars), out of control summer program sponsors and vendors and bid rigging/ price fixing companies in his first few years in office. He thought outside the box, keeping his bosses and the National office on their toes! He was respected by state leaders and worked tirelessly to support them and their local agencies. He allowed his staff great latitude and supported their efforts to market school meal programs, provide training to school districts and improve program integrity. He had a great sense of humor, was often politically incorrect ( to his credit), and most important was a tremendous advocate for child feeding programs.


Becke Bounds

July 10, 2018

Mr. Kirby was one of the strongest advocates for Child Nutrition programs in the Southeast. I met him
when I began my career in Child Nutrition in 1985. He was considered the go to person for help in the regional office . Revered by everyone, he was special to those of us from Mississippi! It was a pleasure and honor to have worked with him. He will be missed ♥️.


Barbara Kenville

July 10, 2018

Cheryl I am so very sorry for your loss. I love you and will keep you and your family in my prayers ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Paul McElwain

July 9, 2018

I began a 20+ year tenure in school nutrition in 1987. At the time, Mr. Kirby (as I continued to refer to him) was the Southeast Regional Director of Special Nutrition Programs for the Food and Nutrition Service of USDA. He could not have been more helpful to me professionally during his time at FNS and continuing on through his time with the Mississippi state agency. Southeast region schools maintained the highest program participation rates while, at his urging and with his help, the southeast region state agencies worked hard to provide support to districts and schools. What a wonderful professional legacy! Would that it could be said of all of us, "He helped feed children.". Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Biography

Mr. Charles Carey Kirby, age 74, of Canton, Georgia, passed away on July 7, 2018. Charles was born on January 5, 1944 in Ruston, Louisiana, to the late T.C. and Esther Kirby.

Charles was a family man and also an excellent provider for his family. He loved spending time outside in his backyard caring for the landscape, enjoying nature, and relaxing in the retreat he created. He also liked to have family gatherings, grilling, and his daily nap. In 1967, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech. Charles worked for the USDA for 25 years before retiring. After he retired, he worked as a child nutritionist for the state of Mississippi for 9 years. Because he was born and raised in Louisiana, he had a love for southern style food and activities. He would often watch sports on television, and one of his favorites was football. He mostly enjoyed watching college football, such as UGA and LSU; however, he did cheer for the Dallas Cowboys and the Falcons as well. In 1966, through mutual friends, he met the love of his life, Susan Caffery. On June 10, 1967, Charles and Susan got married and they spent 51 loving years together before his passing.

Along with his parents, T.C. and Esther, Charles is preceded in death by his brother, Billy Kirby and brother-in-law, Larry Taylor.

He is survived by daughters, Christa (Luis Navarro) Taylor, Cindy (Geoff) Muehlberger and Cheryl Blewitt; brother, John (Diane) Kirby; sister, Dot Taylor; grandchildren, Ryan Muehlberger, Kyle Muehlberger, Sarah Taylor, Sage Taylor, Ruthie Blewitt, and Charlie Blewitt.

A funeral service to honor Mr. Charles Kirby will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Woodstock Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service, and there will also be a small reception following the service. He will be laid to rest at Rolling Hills Memorial Gardens.
Please leave fond memories and condolences for the family at www.woodstockfuneralhome.com on his webpage.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charles’ name to the American Cancer Society.