John L. Kirkwood a native of Zachary, La. and resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Baton Rouge General Medical Center (Butterfly Wing) at the age of 83. John has fought the fight of cancer since December of 2015. He retired from Gulf States Utilities in 1994 with 39 years of service as a Utility Foreman. John was a United States Army Veteran and dearly loved his country. John was preceded in death by his parents Ramey and Viola Davis Kirkwood; his sisters, Lucille McDaniel, Rachel Stafford and Susie Lowry; brothers, Rean Russell Kirkwood, Haley Lee Kirkwood and Ramey Kirkwood, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 63 ½ years, Betty Jo Wales Kirkwood; two sons, Tim Kirkwood, Perry Kirkwood and daughter-in-law Karen Kirkwood; grandchildren Brittany Kirkwood Miers and her husband Tony Miers, Logan Kirkwood; great-grandchildren, Braylon Miers, Layla Kirkwood and Kylan Miers; sisters Minnie Lou Jackson, Vilean Boudreaux, Vida Longmire and a brother Ira Lane Kirkwood and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Perry Kirkwood, Logan Kirkwood, Tim Kirkwood, Tony Miers, Bill Lockwood, Gary McCain, Dennis McCain and Ronnie McCain. Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation which will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 9 am until funeral services begin at 12pm. Burial will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge (Butterfly Wing) in his memory.
Published by The Advocate from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2016.