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Jean M. Kirby, age 69, resident of Columbus, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Emory University Hospital-Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia.  Funeral services were held at Edgewood Hall of Striffler-Hamby, Columbus on Sunday, July 17, 2016, 4 p.m.  The family received friends at the funeral home prior to the service on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.  Entombment was on Monday, July 18, 2016, 11 a.m. at Parkhill Cemetery. 

Mrs. Kirby, daughter of Marie Louise Funderburk McCartha and the late George Douglas McCartha, was born December 19, 1946 in Tallassee, Alabama.  She was retired from Muscogee County School District where she taught in local high schools for over 25 years, and worked at Columbus Technical College for the past 12 years.  Mrs. Kirby was a member of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education and attended St. Peter United Methodist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” L. Kirby, II and a daughter, Lisa Jean Griffin.  Mrs. Kirby is survived by her mother, Louise McCartha of Tallassee, Alabama; one daughter, Laura Wilbanks Rodier of Orlando, Florida; one son, William L. "Will"  Kirby III of Columbus; four grandchildren, Corbin Rodier, David Rodier, Garrett Bonham, and Jean Averrett Griffin; one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Jean Bonham; and many other relatives and friends. 

Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.