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In Memory

Dan Kirkland

Dan Kirkland

Dan Kirkland
December 12, 1950- July 7, 2020

Seale, AL- Daniel A. Kirkland II of Seale, Alabama, died on July 7, 2020, under the compassionate care of his family and Columbus Hospice. Mr. Kirkland, son of the late Dan and Freddy Houston Kirkland, was born on December 12, 1950.

Mr. Kirkland graduated from Columbus High School in 1969. Under Coach Joe Sparks, he was chosen as a consensus All-American basketball player by Parade Magazine and others, and was the Orlando Sentinel and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year. He was also an All-State pitcher and shortstop. He played basketball for Auburn University before a career-ending knee injury and remained lifelong friends with Coach Larry Chapman. He was honored to have been inducted into the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

After graduating from Auburn in 1974, he worked as an assistant golf pro at Bull Creek Golf Course under the legendary Hugh Royer, Jr., and later taught at River Road Elementary. He coached basketball and baseball at Chavala High School and Glenwood School. He also coached his children's championship teams in YMCA basketball and Dixie Youth baseball. Since 1986, he was a full-time cattleman and farmer.

Mr. Kirkland is survived by his wife of 46 years, Twila Rhodes Kirkland, his daughters Sallie Kirkland Paris (Jason) of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Annie Houston Kirkland (John Divers) of New York City, and his son Daniel Charles Kirkland (Dorothy) of Seale, Alabama; his sisters Donna K. Cantrell and Judy K. Whaley (Steve) and his brother Toby Kirkland (Ramona), all of Sevierville, Tennessee, along with his three beloved grandchildren Anna Katherine, Laura Elizabeth, and Evelyn Maxwell, and a host of loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and infant son, Caleb Gilmore Kirkland.

In keeping with efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, a private memorial service for immediate family will be held. For those desiring to make a memorial gift in Dan's memory, the family suggests Columbus Hospice or The Endowment for Excellence, care of the CHS Alumni Association, PO Box 2187, Columbus, GA 31902-2187.


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07/09/20 12:06 PM #1    

Ronald Lane

So sorry Twila...I saw Dan play basketball from elementry school on...He was something, My condolences to you and your family


07/09/20 01:27 PM #2    

Stanton Jay Shapiro

Our sincere condolences.  We wish you feelings of comfort, moments of peace and moments of joy during this difficult time.  Take care.

07/09/20 02:36 PM #3    

Daisy LaJuana Watford (Stiebel)

Twila, I am so sorry to hear about Dan.  Please know that I am lifting up prayers for you and your family, asking that God be with you and give you peace.    Daisy



07/09/20 04:33 PM #4    

Geraldine Patrice Cornett (LaSalle)

Please accept my deepest sympathy, Twila. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort. Geri (Cornett) LaSalle




07/09/20 05:07 PM #5    

Gayla Jones (Von Ehr)

Twila, my sincerest condolences on the passing of Dan. My wish for you is that all of the many wonderful memories that tou have of your over 50 years "together"  will give you some comfort and some laughs too. I know you have a giant hole in your heart, but I know you are strong and will get through this challenge.

07/10/20 01:41 PM #6    

William Howard Parham

I am so sorry about Dan. Glad I got to see him at the 50th last year. I always liked Dan, a good guy. Condolences to the entire family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill Parham

09/17/20 10:58 AM #7    

Chrysanthemum Jackson (Presley)

Twila, my deepest sympathy. This will be hard but it will get a little easier in time. Don't push yourself. Give yourself time to heal and hold on to your memories. God will carry you the rest of the way.

Chrysanthemum Jackson

09/25/20 03:06 PM #8    

Beth Nixon (Nixon)

Twilla,  I was so very sorry to hear about Dan.  High school sweethearts for life!  What wonderful memories you both had.  I pray for peace and comfort to surround you and your family.  Sincerely, Beth Howard Nixon

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