Royce Lee Kirby, 85, died of this life on March 11, 2022. He was born May 27, 1936, in Greenbrier, Arkansas, to the late Howard and Ora Mae Beene Kirby.
He graduated in 1954 from Greenbrier High School where he was on the basketball team. He likes to share stories of being pulled out of class as a senior to drive the school bus when needed. He married and moved to Conway where he and Anne raised their family. He worked at International Shoe Factory, co-owned and owned/operated several different gas stations over the years, and spent much of his professional career as a salesman for L&S Concrete. After his retirement, he returned to part-time work as a salesman for Webco Mining where he remained until he retired again to care for his wife while she suffered from dementia. The love and care he lavished on her during her illness served as an example to all.
He maintained long-standing friendships that he treasured. Over the years they have enjoyed many games of dominoes, annual pheasant hunting trips, and played and watched golf tournaments. In the 90s, he and his longtime friend Russ spent many weekends in Fayetteville watching his nephew Brian play baseball for the Razorbacks. He was also an avid fan of the UCA Bears, where he was a member of the chain gang and especially when his future son-in-law Randy played.
After Anne retired, the couple moved to Lake Conway where they enjoyed fishing, gardening and hosting family and friends. Their grandchildren made a lifetime of memories from their time there. They made many good friends in their neighborhood and had tenants who became family.
He has spent the past two and a half years living with his family, surrounded by love and laughter. He particularly enjoyed his three great-grandsons whom he saw regularly as Covid permitted. He welcomed a fourth at the end of the year and was expecting a great-granddaughter, Parker Mel Huffstickler, in July.
He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Anne Harmon Kirby; his brother, Vernon Kirby; infant great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Guerin; and his sister-in-law, Tommye Carol Gwin.
Remaining to be cherished are his children, Debi (David) Avra, Dianne (Randy) Huffstickler and Donny Kirby; grandchildren, Allison (Pete) Guerin, Ashley (Jim) Clark, Lacey (Jason) McNeil, Beau Kirby, Kirby Huffstickler, Tyler (Sam) Huffstickler; and great-grandchildren McKayla and Reese Betts, Tripp Guerin and Miller, Cole and Cooper Clark. Also among the survivors are her brother, Curtis (Cindy); sister-in-law, Betty Kirby; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and some very special lifelong friends.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 14 at Conway Roller McNutt. Due to forecasted weather, the funeral service was moved to Greenbrier Roller McNutt at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, followed by interment at Martinville Cemetery with Bro. Freddie Mark Wilcox officiating. His grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family would like to thank Drs. John Smith, Caleb Dickson and Annette Anderson; Nurse Brandy Smith and Kindred Hospice, and Melissa Hight for their exceptional care during her illness. Our hearts are broken, but we are at peace knowing that he was freed from the clutches of Alzheimer’s disease and joined our mother in heaven on her 85th birthday.
Posted by Log Cabin Democrat on March 12, 2022.