Michael "Mickey" Jerome Kirkland

Sunday, September 28, 1941 - Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A Caring Man with a Giving Heart

Photo of Michael "Mickey" Jerome Kirkland  - 1941-2021

Canton- Michael “Mickey” Jerome Kirkland, age 79, peacefully entered into his eternal Heavenly home on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Mickey was born September 28, 1941 to the late Charles Kirkland and the late Lorena Payne Kirkland. He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County and a graduate of Canton High School.  Mr. Kirkland had been employed as a maintenance technician for several businesses located throughout the county and he was also was a driver for Haywood County Transit. Mickey was blessed with a wonderful outgoing personality and he made friends easily. He delighted in making people laugh and his sense of humor brought great happiness to his family and many friends. Mr. Kirkland was a  member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church and his faith was an important part of his life. He loved all of his family deeply and Mickey will forever be remembered as a wonderful humanitarian that strongly believed in helping others. We give thanks for Mickey’s life and rejoice that he is now in paradise. All is well.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mike Kirkland and also two brothers.

Surviving are his loving wife, Wanda McClure Kirkland, who together they have shared soon to be 57 years of a wonderful marriage; his beloved daughter, Angela Davis of Canton; grandchildren that he adored, Matthew Kirkland of Forest City, Dakota Kirkland of  Forest City, Amanda Cogburn of Canton, Andrew Kirkland of  Asheville and Hannah Trojan of  Sumter, SC ; three precious great-grandchildren and a beloved sister, Judy Clark of Canton; several nieces, nephews and great- nieces and nephews and many friends.

The funeral service to honor and celebrate Mr. Kirkland’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Harmony Grove Baptist in Canton.  Officiating at the funeral service will be Rev. Tom Shook, Rev. Ronnie Bennett and Rev. David Hal. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Bethel Community Cemetery.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Kirkland family.


Condolences from family and friends

My deepest sympathies to all of Mickey's family. I have fond memories of him from my years of working at DSS where he was our Maintenance Technician. He always made us laugh.
Susan Duckett
So sorry for your loss I always enjoyed being around Mickey he always kept you laughing and lifting up your spirits was a friend I will always remember him with a smile
Ora Lee rogers
Mickey & I shared a birthday, along with another co-worker, so we celebrated as "triplets" while working at DSS. He always kept us laughing. I will never forget opening the doors to the dumbwaiter and finding Mickey inside, riding between floors.
Carla Woody
What a loss of a kind, funny man! He will be remembered fondly and my prayers are with the family.
Lisa McClure
RIP Mickey. Thinking of you, Wanda an Angie.
Rob Brigman
I am saddened to learn of Mickey's passing...I worked with him at DSS . He was a very friendly and jovial friend...May God send Comfort and Peace for his loved ones now and in the coming days...
Mary Sisk
Mickey is now where he lived his life to be..with Christ...he's running about hugging everyone whose gone before, and those he has never met, doesn't matter to Mickey for he is always spreading joy and laughter...he will know everyone cause be never met a stranger...we will never forget how truthfully you lived and the love and caring you so freely gave...meet me at the river Mickey and throw me a rope, cause u know l can't swim...
Sonja Reece
We are so sorry to hear about Mickey. We have great memories of him at church. He was always willing to help anyone. We especially remember him helping us do alot of work around our house as we were building it and will always remember him as a good friend. Prayers for the whole family
Ryan and Amanda Putnam
So sorry to hear of Mickey's passing. I remember back about 35 years ago my very first job was at Hardee's. Wanda was our manager and Mickey used to come pick on us. Best sense of humor ever! He made working there fun. Thinking of you Ms. Wanda and family.
Michele Henson
Mickey was one of the sweetest people I know he always had a kind word for everyone , his love for God came out in his personality and I feel very blessed to have known him. May God comfort his family.
Mary Birchfield
He was always kind, caring, and friendly. We haven’t seen him in years, but he left a lasting impression on us. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.
Joshua & Amanda McElrath
My deepest sympathies to Mickey's family. I enjoyed working with him at Mountain Projects.
Carolyn Sizemore
Judy I'm so sorry about Mickey. I have fond memories of your family growing up on Spruce St. Prayers for you and Mickey's family.
Sandra Lawrence Sorrells
I was so sorry to learn of Mickey’s passing. I worked with Mickey at DSS and, like so many others, will always fondly remember Mickey’s sense of humor. I never saw Mickey that I didn’t receive his smile. He never missed an opportunity to make others laugh and brighten their day. To Mickey’s family, I send you my heartfelt sympathies and all my love. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Sue Ferguson
So sorry for yall's loss. Praying for yall's family!!
Crystal & Preston
I'm going to miss you Mickey. There was no one else like you!
TJ McClure
Sorry to hear about Mickey passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come.
Ricky and Gail Paxton
Mickey worked with me at Haywood County Social Services many years ago. He was a good man. My sympathies to his family.
Julia Faircloth Cooper
Mickey worked with me at Haywood County Social Services many years ago. He was a good man. My sympathies to his family.
Julia Faircloth Cooper