The world sadly lost a member of the Greatest Generation, Carlos
Leland Kirby, Jr. born 11/7/1914 passed away on 6/9/2017 from natural
causes at the age of 102 1/2 years. He is preceded in death by his wife
of 69 years, Helon, son Steve Kirby, grandson Gerald Mardis Jr, &
his wife Angie, brother Bland and sister Janell. He is survived by his
daughter Kay McCarter and husband Nelson, sons Don, Doug and wife
Angela, grandchildren Elaine Duffy and husband, Tim, Graham Kirby and
wife Ann, Aaron Kirby, Brett Kirby and Jenna Kirby. Greatgrandchildren
TJ Duffy, Danielle Duffy and Nicole Duffy. Great-great grandchildren
Dorian Kirby, Rory Haring and Kane Lanman. Brothers Billy Kirby, Ray
Kirby and daughter-in-law Becky Moe.
He had several names: Dad,
Grandaddy, Kirby or CL and grew up the son of a farmer in Osage, Texas
and attended Howard Payne University.
1939 he married the love of his life, Helon Post Chamlee. He joined the
Navy during WWII and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served
as a member of the SACO Intelligence agency. After the war he went back
to college graduating from Texas A & M Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of
1948. That same year he joined and completed the FBI training under J
Edgar Hoover. While in the FBI he worked in several locations and
settled in Texas City in 1962 where he served as Agent in Charge of
Galveston County until his retirement in 1972.
He called dinner
groceries, people birddog when he couldn’t remember their name, loved
anything German chocolate, lasagne, chewing tobacco and Aggie football.
Gig’em in Heaven!!
The family will hold a private service on Thursday at Forest Park East, League City, TX where he will join his beloved Helon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in His name to your favorite charity.