Robert Lee Kirkland

Robert Lee Kirkland, 88, of Paw Paw, formerly of Dowagiac, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.


Robert was born on February 13, 1930, to the late Robert L. Kirkland Sr. and Bessie Fuller in Tunica, Mississippi where he was one of seven children.  


He married the former Hattie Turnage at a ceremony in Chicago on July 28, 1958.



Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Hattie Kirkland, brothers, Eugene Calhoun, R.J. Kirkland, George Gill; sisters, Willie Mae Martin, Alice Parker and Alberta Hampton.


He is survived by his loving children,  Debra Kirkland of Chicago, IL; Sharon (James) Williams of Paw Paw, MI; Pamela (Alonzo Saxton) Kirkland of New Albany, OH and Amanda (Leonard) Taylor of Texas; grandchildren, Brooke and Dane Collins, E'Moni Saxton, Zachariah Reed and Tromaine “TJ” Bell; two great-grandchildren, Kevion Collins-Allen and JaKya Rimpson; and one great-grandchild on the way; brother-in-law, McKinley (Michele) Greer; and several special friends that he considered family, Carolyn (Yvonn) Murray, Claire Peters, Brenda Collins. Judy Donelson and Mark Wolverton.


Homegoing services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Second Baptist Church, located at 203 South Paul Street in Dowagiac at 1:00 p.m. with a time of visitation one hour prior.  Pastor Bryant Bacon will be officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.


Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice At Home/Caring Circle.