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Davie Lou Kirkley

September 8, 1943 — March 27, 2022

 

Davie Lou Mack Kirkley, 78, wife of Francis Edward “Ed” Kirkley, Jr. passed away peacefully at her
home on Sunday March 27, 2022.


Davie Lou was born in Spartanburg, the only child of John William Mack and Mary Shores Galloway
Mack.  She graduated from Spartanburg High School and attended the University of South Carolina.
Although she was officially a homemaker, Davie had many “work experiences” as a newlywed and as the
girls got older. From picking peaches and serving at Howard Johnson’s to peddling diamonds in the mall
at Rey’s Jewelers and eventually following and playing the stock market, she loved staying busy, learning
new things and meeting new people. Between jobs, she volunteered with any organization her girls were a
part of and made sure she was always available for them. As someone who moved around early in her
marriage, she became attached to the local Newcomer’s Clubs and was a big part of them with each of
their moves throughout Ed’s career. These many travels led them to wonderful years in North Carolina,
New Jersey, Louisiana, Maine, in addition to Greenville SC, and then the fun adventures of moving
overseas to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and Vancouver, Canada- where her love of meeting people,
learning cultures and understanding history drove her to further her passions of antiques and gardening.
She never met a stranger, and loved people from all walks of life. Even though Davie quickly became
involved in each new location she fiercely loved the friends she made along the way, and they were
always in her heart. Several visited from across the country and she appreciated the many cards and gifts
sent in recent months.

Davie found her true passion as a consummate community volunteer when she and Ed retired to
Pendleton 24 years ago. She was excited to finally be able to restore an old home- the home and garden
of her dreams. She served as Chair of PUMC Congregational Life Committee for many years and a
member of the PUMC Covenant Sisters. She was active with the Pendleton Historic Foundation (board
member), Pendleton Pride in Motion, Friends of the Park, Pendleton Garden Club, “Keep Anderson
Beautiful”, Mayor’s Beautification Committee (chair), bi-annual Townwide Clean-up (chair) and a
member of the Delegation to Stornoway, Scotland for the “twinning” ceremony with Pendleton’s Sister
City. She loved being a person who could get people involved and that included both organizations and
businesses. Her family is grateful for the love and support from her friends in each of these organizations.
Her spirit really came alive when she was instrumental in planning a “daffodil planting” in celebration of
Pendleton’s 225th birthday. The goal was 22,500 bulbs around town and they exponentially exceeded that                                    with the generosity of the community. Thereafter, she was lovingly known as Daffodil Davie.
Davie was awarded recognition from many of these organizations which always came as a shock to her. It
was her pleasure to blend her love for gardening and beautiful trees with her love of this community.
As busy as she was loving her town and the people in it, her 7 grandchildren were her joy- and loved
being their chauffeur, their Number 1 babysitter, and biggest supporter, and they knew how much she
loved them.


Surviving in addition to her devoted husband of 59 years, are her daughters Caroline Kirkley Taylor(Don)
and Lynn Kirkley Norwood(Joel) both of Greenville, 7 grandchildren: Austin, Ian and Grace Taylor,
Wilkins, Kirkley, Sloan and Stokes Norwood; aunt, Tana Mack Kunzelman.   As an only child, her dear cousins on both Galloway and Mack sides, as well as her beloved brother in law Bob Kirkley(late wife Sue), sister in law Lou(Edgar),
and college roommate Sara Lou Kelly Palmer, also survive along with many loved nieces and nephews,
and their children. Being a part of this large family meant everything to Davie- and she adored them all!

Memorial Services will be held at 2pm Friday, April 1, 2022 at Pendleton United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends from 1-1:50PM Friday prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.

Ed, Caroline and Lynn would like to thank mom's caregivers and Hospice nurses and team-a special thank you to Interim Hospice Nurses extraordinaire:  Jill, Erica, Donna and Cindy who gave mom exactly the care she deserved and send of she wanted!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Pendleton United Methodist Church(Building Fund)- 217
S. Broad St. Pendleton, 29670, Pendleton Historic Foundation(Jenkins House) PO Box 444 Pendleton,
29670, or the Pendleton Garden Club, c/o Linda McCuen, 132 S Mechanic St Pendleton, 29670.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, April 1, 2022

1:00 - 1:45pm (Eastern time)

Pendleton United Methodist Church

217 S Broad St, Pendleton, SC 29670

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Memorial Service

Friday, April 1, 2022

2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)

Pendleton United Methodist Church

217 S Broad St, Pendleton, SC 29670

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