James Reece Kirkpatrick, 91, Johnson City, died Friday, January 6, 2012, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital, Mountain Home.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was a native of Washington County, growing up in Boones Creek on the on the Bowers-Kirkpatrick homestead, which was the family dairy farm and the original site of the “Daniel Boone” tree, where he lived until entering the service, and again following his retirement in 1970.
He was the son of the late Nathaniel and Charmian Young Kirkpatrick, and the grandson of Dr. James Kirkpatrick, a physician during the Civil War.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was a graduate of Science Hill High School and Emory University, Atlanta, where he received a B.A. Degree in Psychology.
Mr. Kirkpatrick served in the U.S. Air Force through World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, retiring in 1970 with the rank of Major. During his career with the Air Force he was stationed in France, Japan, Taiwan, Alaska and several states within the continental U.S.
He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Toast Masters and Elks Club.
Mr. Kirkpatrick enjoyed gardening and playing golf, especially at Buffalo Valley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Owen Kirkpatrick; a daughter, Rowena Lynne Kirkpatrick; and four sisters, Martha DeBeck, Natalie Vaught, Katherine Meredith and Doris Martin.
Mr. Kirkpatrick is survived by his son, James Albert Kirkpatrick II, Keaau, Hawaii; his daughter, Karen Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Johnson City; his former wife, Betty Kirkpatrick, San Antonio, TX.
The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. from the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home with his brother-in-law, Robert Gibby, officiating and eulogies by his daughter, Jeanne, and son, James.
Interment will follow in Boones Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors being accorded by the Boone Dam V.F.W. Post #4933 and members of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
The family will greet friends following the service in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions may do so to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd., STE 102, Johnson City, TN 37601.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Kirkpatrick family.