Glynn D. Kirkland, born in Magee, MS, passed away Wednesday, July 24. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at St. Mary Catholic Church,  with the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Deacon Melvin Payne.

Glynn was born June 30, 1928 in Magee, MS to T.J. and Tennie Kirkland of Jackson, MS. He married Bobbie Hurst on Sept. 18, 1948. She passed away, after 54 years of marriage, on Dec. 2, 2002. Glynn then married Martha Hughes on May 28, 2005.

He was employed by GMAC in Mississippi and Houston and later was employed by Norman Frede Chevrolet in Clearlake. He was the Commander for 733 D MP DET (CI), Jackson, from Feb. 15, 1968 to March 2, 1975. Glynn served his country for 30 years in the U.S. Army and retired with rank of Lt. Col. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange; a Past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 1680 and a fourth degree in the Knight of Columbus Assembly 1105.

He was also a member of the Southeast Texas Veterans Group and the Lutcher Theater Service Guild. He served meals for his church’s Soup Kitchen, volunteered for Southeast Texas Hospice, and for Meals on Wheels in Friendswood.

Glynn is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Bobbie; son, Michael, and brother, Bennie.

He is survived by his wife, Martha of Orange; sister, Betty Lou Puckett of Madison, MS; daughter, Betsy King and husband, Larry of Hawthorne, FL; son, Corey Kirkland and wife, Tracy of Friendswood; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Kirkland of Friendswood; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, with one on the way. Glynn also survived by his five step-children; 13 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Phillip Kirkland, Matt Kirkland, Chris Kirkland, Hunter Kirkland, Jake Hughes, Will Hughes, John Hughes, Nathan Hughes and Spencer Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or to Southeast Texas Hospice, 912 W Cherry Ave., Orange, TX 77630.