James Marion Kirkland
October 13, 1951 - January 21, 2020
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James Marion Kirkland, age 68, of Williamsburg went to heaven on January 21, 2020 after a long battle with a rare autoimmune disease, inclusion body myositis. Jim was a career soldier and served in the U. S. Army for over 30 years as a Military Policeman and retired as a Command Sergeant Major.  Throughout his…

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CSM (Retired) Harold and Brigitte Burleson left a message on February 13, 2020:
We extend our deepest condolences and prayers for Jim's wonderful family, friends and many acquaintances during this season of bereavement. Jim's legacy of selfless service, generosity, and expertise have been a tremendous blessing to many of us; a very fine example of caring through sharing his acts of kindness. May he Rest In Peace in the Everlasting Arms of Our Loving Savior.
Nickie Leighly left a message on February 4, 2020:
What a sweet man. I am so grateful for the chance encounter when we met years ago. It was always fun keeping in touch on social media. I will miss his life updates and pictures. Your family will be in my prayers.
Dawnn Suchocki left a message on February 4, 2020:
I'm so sorry for your loss. May the love and memories you shared comfort you during this difficult time. He fought a good fight. I am a fellow IBM warrior
Janet Lykins left a message on February 4, 2020:
My deepest condolences go out to you and your families, friends, and the Inclusion Body Myositis groups from Facebook. I read his posts and they really made a lot of sense, and now I’m trying to live my IBM riddled life with as much compassion and zest as Jim had. He will be truly missed by all of us, but we also know that he’s finally free from this disease. Jim, not only do you have your Paratrooper’s wings, you now have your Angel Wing, and those are the highest award and reward that any of us can hope for. Rest In Peace Jim.....you’ve earned it.
Kerry Glenny left a message on February 3, 2020:
Cindy, I am so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I know you will miss your precious husband and I pray God’s presence as you mourn this loving loss in your life. Blessings to you, dear one. Kerry
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Carl and Marion Shires left a message on February 3, 2020:
Carl and I remember the times we shared at Ft. McClellan, and the few visits we had since then through the years. Jim was a strong man, especially in his weakness. I know much of this was so because of his Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, and because of his best friend in this life, his wife Cindy. Praying for the grace of our Lord to be the stronghold in the days, weeks, and years to come. With all our Love, Marion and Carl
Ronny & Sylvia Bass left a message on February 3, 2020:
We are so sorry to hear about your loss he was such a great guy and went through so much ! Now he will be forever healed ! Our deepest sympathy Sylvia and Ronnie Bass
Rosaleen Pickren Heriges left a message on February 3, 2020:
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Jim. I first met him in the 6th grade. He was a kind person that treated everyone the same. I will miss his stories and lessons in history that he would post for all of us. Reading all his accomplishments in life just shows us the type of Man he was. I know you will miss him and I pray for you for peace in heart. You were a beautiful strong couple and inspiration to others. God bless you and you family.
Stuart Hansford left a message on February 2, 2020:
Jim and I were classmates at USASMA where he helped me settle in and pass the course. He was thoughtful and caring and was always ready to help. As an international student from Australia Jim and Cindy went out of their way to welcome us into their home and family. It was great to keep in touch after USASMA and I greatly valued my visit to Jim’s unit at the 82nd Airborne Division. My great regret is that my family did not get to revisit Jim and Cindy. Rest In Peace my friend you are a great soldier and patriot.
Betsy Walden MacDowell left a message on February 2, 2020:
Dearest Jimmy, you were one of my very first friends in elementary school. We sat by each other in all our classes and remained good friends for 12 years!! You were always so kind, caring and never said a bad word about anyone. You were and always will be a special human being that always brought out the good in everyone. You will be missed beyond words. Sending much love to your devoted and loving family. I pray you are at peace and that you are with God you loves you beyond this life. I will miss you, your friend...Betsy
CSM(R) James R. Armour left a message on February 2, 2020:
Am truly saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was a stellar performer, serving his country as a soldier. May he forever rest in peace. My condolences to his family and a host of extended families from his service life...
Gretchen Everman left a message on February 2, 2020:
I am so sorry for the loss of such a good man. Jimmy was always someone I looked up to; he was a caring down to earth godly man Our condolences to his family and friends. Cherish your memories of this special man. Until we meet again, know you made a difference in this world, Jimmy. With Regards, Steve and Gretchen Everman
Cremation Society of Virginia left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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