He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Bain Kirkland.
He is survived his wife, JoAnn Kirkland of Benton; sons: Seth Kirkland of Ringgold, Ga., Kevin Kirkland and Jeremy Kirkland, both of Benton; three grandchildren; father, Robert Kirkland of Athens; brothers, Bobby Kirkland of Athens and Gary Kirkland of California; and sister, Joyce Kirkland of Athens.
A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Coghill Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Hatcher officiating.
Interment will follow in Coghill Baptist Church Cemetery with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
Higgins Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.