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.