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Forrest “Pop” Kirk, Sr.

Forrest “Pop” Kirk, Sr., age 86, of Peach Bottom, PA, and formerly of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at his daughter’s home in North East, MD.

Born in Delbarton, WV, he was a son of the late Millard and Lucy (Horn) Kirk. Pop served in the U.S. Army before making his career as a parts technician for the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, retiring after 25 years of service. He was a member of Nottingham (PA) Missionary Baptist Church where he also sang on the choir, driven by his love for singing gospel music. Pop was also a singer with the music ensemble, Forrest Kirk & The Country Highlighters. He enjoyed playing the guitar, chopping wood and gardening in his spare time. Pop will always be remembered for his gift of music and dedication to his faith.

In addition to his parents, Pop was preceded in death by his former wife, Cynthia M. (Frey) Kirk; sons, Forrest Kirk, Jr. and W. Alan White; siblings, Lace Kirk, Paul Kirk, Charles Kirk, Ted Kirk, Ruth Kirk, Oretha Kirk and Lucy Swieder; and grandson, Scott Branch. He is survived by his dear wife, Shirley Anne (Patrick) Keys Kirk of Peach Bottom, PA; children, Vorice Schaumann (Paul, Sr.) and Murphy Grady, both of North East, MD, Valerie Refner of Philadelphia, PA, Karen McCardell (Dick) of Peach Bottom, PA, Wayne Keys of Nottingham, PA, Steve Keys (Betty) of Fort Worth, TX and Randy Keys (Valerie) of Quarryville, PA; siblings, Vorice Varney of Virginia and Minnie Moore of West Virginia; grandchildren, Paul L. Schaumann, Jr. of Rising Sun, MD, Jeannie Collins of Macclenny, FL, Jon White of Florida, MacKenzie Keys of Quarryville, PA, Bryce Keys and Bailey Keys, both of Willow Street, PA, Wayne Keys, Jr. and Karey Keys, both of Nottingham, PA and Melissa Enders of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pop’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720 or to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713.

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14 Condolences for Forrest “Pop” Kirk, Sr.

  • I had the honor of caring for Mr.Kirk through hospice services. I looked forward to seeing him every day, and his sweet smile made my day. My heart goes out to his loved ones, especially his daughter who took great care of him. He will be missed.

  • Sincere condolences for your loss. We know the last few years have been a hard struggle for you all. Now Pop Kirk can rest in peace.

  • Miss you Uncle Forrest. I know you are in the arms of Jesus and we will see you later.
    Love Wanda
    Your niece

  • I know Mom will miss your weakly phone calls checking on her. You were such a sweet and caring brother. Thankful for Vorice taking such loving care of you. Love God’s promise, absent from the body present with the Lord. Mom and I will see you again. Your loving sister and niece, Minne and Lynn.

  • Forrest was such a soft spoken man, dedicated to his family, his church family and singing in the choir. Heaven gained a wonderful and gentle soul. He is in the company of his Lord and Savior, pain free and singing praises. He will be so missed here on earth and our sympathy goes out to his family.

  • To the family of “Forrest” I’ll never forget you , I’ll always remember all the church trips we went on . I’ll cherish the memories I have so many pictures of our trips .To Shirley I’m praying for you n I just know that Forrest n my mom Frances McCoury are celebrating GOD BLESS .

  • Our sincerest condolences for your loss.

    May his memory live eternal.

  • I can remember his gentle, kind spirit. His love for his brothers and sisters was and is a testament of his love for his Savior Christ Jesus. His love for my mom, Minnie Moore is a godly example of unconditional love for family.

  • It was priveledge to know Forrest. He was a very special man. Always with a smile always willing to help anyone who needed it. Even though I haven’t seen Forrest for a few years I loved him. I know he is in a better place, no pain, no worries. Rest In Peace. Love Janice Bertino

  • I remember meeting you as a young girl at Granny Kirk’s. You was such a sweet guy. I know you’re rejoicing in Heaven with the family. Praying for everyone.
    Your Niece Kim
    🙏🏻♥️

  • Uncle Forrest, you will always be remembered as my funny uncle who could talk just like Donald Duck! I also remember the time when you were visiting and told me that if I walked around the house three times that there would be two white calves following me and of course there on my legs! You were also a sweet, Godly man who could really sing and bring glory to God! You will be very missed and I will see you again! I love you Uncle Forrest ❤

  • Thinking of Mr. Kirk’s family today. I sure have missed seeing Him and Shirley at Nottingham Church. I enjoyed seeing him up in the choir. God bless you all and keep his memories close. I’m sorry for your loss. I will see him again in our heavenly home. Sincerely, Kelly

  • Praying for the Kirk family during this time of loss. Mr. Kirk was a wonderful neighbor… lot of wonderful memories.

    Wanda Bacon

  • Uncle Forrest you were one of the kindest, most talented people I ever knew. You were always there with words of encouragement for me to use the musical talent God gave me. Little do you know, you were the first person I actually heard play and sing live. You were my inspiration. You were the first person I ever heard sing Tom T’s “Ballad of Forty Dollars”. I can still remember that strong voice and solid guitar playing. I loved you Uncle Forrest and everything you stood for. You were a Christian and proud of it. I’ll hear you in Heaven one day singing with “The Angel Band”.