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Ms. Shirley Kirkpatrick, 79of Leesburg, Georgia departed this life on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in the Union Memorial Park Cemetery, 1100 S. McKinley St, Albany, Georgia 31701. Pastor Daniel Simmons will provide words of comfort. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Shirley Rose Taylor Kirkpatrick was the daughter of Dr. Louis M. M. Taylor and Mrs. Florence Perry Taylor Mitchell. She was a 1958 graduate of Monroe High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from Clark College (Clark-Atlanta University) and a graduate degree from Georgia Southwestern State College (University).

Mrs. Kirkpatrick was an educator in the Dougherty County School System from which she retired in the late 1990’s. Over the years, she also served as an adjunct professor at Albany State (College) University and an instructor at Albany Technical (School) College.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church as a child and remained a faithful member until having been confined to a Fitzgerald nursing home. She found much delight in hearing from “my church”.

She was a member of the August Birth Month Club. She is survived by several distant cousins and dear friends.

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  • Thursday, January 7, 2021
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Saturday, January 23, 2021
    So sorry to hear of this. She was my High School Teacher and one of the best there was. I'm now a teacher as well and use some of her classroom tactics. I will always cherish her because she encouraged me and would not let me quit.
    ~ Priscilla Davis   Durham, NC
  • Sunday, January 10, 2021
    Ms. Kirkpatrick was one of the most influential teachers in my life. She was no nonsense and you held you accountable but you knew that she always had your best interests at heart. RIP Ms. Kirkpatrick.
    ~ Andrea Graper Ashe   Dacula, GA
  • Sunday, January 10, 2021
    It was a great honor and privilegde to have known such a wonderful educator as Ms. Shirley Kirkpatrick. She was my Psychology teacher at Westover High School. She was both a mother figure and role model to me. She was very supportive of me when my mother died my senior year in high school. She have inspired many students, and her legacy lives on in their minds and hearts. She will truly be missed.
    ~ Arrie B. Newberry, Jr.   Leesburg, GA