October 24, 1931 ~ April 2, 2019

Born in: Meadville, PA
Resided in: Black Mountain, NC

Theodore “Ted” Abraham Kirk, 87, of Black Mountain passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

A native of Meadville, PA, Ted was a son of the late George and Belva Roudebush Kirk. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Sanford Kirk, to whom he was married from 1960 until her passing in 2001 and his second wife, Ruth Durrant Kirk, to whom he was married from late 2001 until her passing earlier in 2019, as well as seven of his nine siblings.

Ted served in the US Air Force from 1950-1954, graduated Wofford College with a Bachelor’s Degree and then received his Masters in Divinity from Duke University. He served as a Methodist Minister for many years in the WNC conference.

He is survived by two daughters, Kristie Rachel Whiteside and Lori Ann Scander; two sons, Jeffrey Brian Kirk and Keith Theodore Kirk; one sister, Margaret Held; one brother, Paul Kirk; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 6 in the Norma Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org).

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: April 6, 2019 2:00 pm

Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates
100 Wesley Drive
Asheville, 28803


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I lift my prayers for the Kirk Family. May the prayers of friends ease your sorrow during this difficult time and find peace in knowing that one day you will see each other again.
    Peace and Love,
    Anna Thompson

  2. We share the Kirk family’s sorrow in the loss of their beloved father and brother. Ted was a loving husband to our mother and their happiness together was a blessing to us all.

  3. When my father was in the hospital for weeks on end, much of it in ICU here in Waynesville, “Preacher Ted” visited him every day, reaching him in a way most ministers could not. He had not known my dad before; he came because I was a member of his church, but that didn’t matter. He cared. He was our pastor at Morning Star United Methodist Church in Canton and I have many fond memories of his brief time there. My sympathy to his family. I know he loved you.


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