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Julia Ann Lovvorn Kirby

(NEWELL) A graveside service for Julia Ann Lovvorn Kirby, 92, of Newell was Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Eason officiating.

Mrs. Kirby was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Graham and passed away surrounded by loved ones at her home in Newell on Friday, July 15.

Mrs. Kirby was a graduate of Woodland High School and an active member of Antioch Baptist Church until age and health slowed her down. She loved singing and playing the piano and organ both at home and at church. Mr. and Mrs. Kirby enjoyed the opportunity to travel and visit many of our states, as well as countries around the world. Her favorite vacation spot was Hawaii, where she declared that “her happiness overflowed at the sight of God’s handiwork.”

Survivors include her children, Peggy Dyar (George) and Ouida Webb (William), both of Opelika, and Paul Kirby of Newell; loving children, Susan Anderson, Keith Anderson and Lori (Chris) Champion; and brother, Fred Lovvorn of Wetumpka. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and was affectionately called “Nana” by her family and many of her friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ray Kirby; parents, Handley and Eura Johnson Lovvorn; and sister, Polly Anderson.

Pallbearers were Thomas Kirby, Derrick Knight, George Dyar, Blake Champion, Chris Champion and David Dyar.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Compassus Hospice and to special caregiver Jeanette Houston for the love, support and care they provided for Mrs. Kirby.

One of her favorite quotes was “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp, because the dawn has come.” – Author unknown

Due to the recent upsurge of Covid, the family respectfully requests that anyone who is feeling ill or may have been recently exposed please send a note or card or express your condolence online at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 2748 County Rd. 134, Newell, AL 36280.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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