January 19, 1924 ~ June 22, 2005

Born in: Swain County, NC,
Resided in: Waynesville, NC

Jessie Grant Kirkland, 81, of 651 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, died Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at the Oaks at Sweeten Creek. A native of Swain County, she was a daughter of the late James Henry and Flora Johnson Grant. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Daniel Kirkland, who died in 1989 and by a daughter, Ima Jean Kirkland. She was a member of Allens Creek Baptist Church in Waynesville. Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Lentz and Karen Shaw of Asheville and Norma Jean Rivera of Waynesville; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday at Edgewood Baptist Church in Enka with the Reverend Eddie Deitz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm Saturday at the church prior to the service. After the service, the family will be at the home of Sharon Lentz, 7 Pine Acre Blvd., Asheville. The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Oaks at Sweeten Creek for the wonderful care Mrs. Kirkland received during her brief stay. A special thanks to Linda Webb, a dear friend and neighbor.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during your loss. You have lost a strong woman who gave each of you the very same trait. May God bless you is my prayer.

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  2. Sharon, Karen and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss and want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love Bev

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  3. With sympathy. I have many, many
    memories from the past 47 years of knowing Mrs. Kirkland and her family. May God bless you all and we can all rejoice that she is free from pain & sickness.

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  4. Jessie was one of my residents at the Oaks. Although I had only known her for a short time, she was very special to me. I will miss her very much… I enjoyed being her nurse, and I’m glad I was able to cross paths with her.
    Love, Karen

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  5. Karen,I was so sorry to hear of your loss. May you always have happy memories to treasure. I will keep your and your family in my prayers. Robin

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  6. Jessie I will miss you very much.

    I always enjoyed our talks & visits over the past nine years.
    You would always beam when I came to visit and you were always so thankful for the smallest of gifts, it didn’t matter if it was a small bunch of flowers or just a piece of peanut butter pie! You always made me feel welcome in your home and my life has been very fullfilling because of our friendship.

    May you be at peace & free from pain.

    God Bless You

    Love always,
    Doug Laube

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