Jackie Ray Kirkwood

Jackie Ray Kirkwood, 66, of Tenaha, Texas passed peacefully Saturday, January 29, 2022, in Houston.

Born September 2, 1955, in Dallas, Jackie is the son of Wanda Lee Wolfe and Harley Ray Kirkwood.  

Jackie earned his Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Education and Master of Science, Agriculture, degree and retired as a Principal. He served seven years in the Naval Reserves, then transferred to the United States Air Force Reserves where he served for 18 years. Jackie was a Deputy City Marshall for Tenaha for 12 years. Most recently, he was serving Shelby County as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.  

Jackie loved spending time with his grandkids. His hobbies included hiking, hunting, running, and watching the Aggies.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Tenaha, where he taught Sunday school and served in many other capacities.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Valarie Kirkwood of Tenaha, Texas; children, Krista Lee and husband Clint Stutts of Malakoff, Texas, Jeff Kirkwood and wife Shanna of LaVernia, Texas, Justin Kirkwood and wife Margaret Joy of Vidor, Texas, and stepdaughter Miranda and husband Chris Shadburn of Stanley, Louisiana; grandchildren, Logan, Hunter, Caleb, Aubrey, Gabriel, Abigail, Michael, and Samuel Kirkwood; sister, Kathleen and husband Mark Gunter of Wylie, Texas; brother, Gary Kirkwood of Athens, Texas; also, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends.

Preceded in death by his granddaughter, Molly June Kirkwood; and parents, Wanda Lee Wolfe and Harley Ray Kirkwood.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., visitation to begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. John Whitworth officiating.  A private family graveside service will follow at Old Union (Wild Cat) Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Gideons, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800;

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