John A. Kirk
John A. KIRK, 66, of 105 South 20th Street, a former Mt. Vernon city attorney
and one of Southern Illinois' best known lawyers, died at 12:15 a.m. today at
Good Samaritan Hospital. Mr. KIRK, who began his law practice here in 1935, had
been in failing health for some time. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday at Myers-Baril Chapel. Dr. Clyde FUNKHOUSER will officiate and burial
will be in Kirk Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel after 6:00 p.m.
From the day he opened his law practice here, Mr. KIRK found time to work on
projects for the betterment of the community. In his quiet unassuming way, he
worked free of charge for organizations which strived to make Mt. Vernon and
Jefferson County a better place to live. An example was years ago when Attorney
KIRK drew up papers which resulted in establishment of the Mt. Vernon Airport Authority.
He refused to accept a penny for this task, an important one for the future of
the airport which has become one of the best small-city ports in the nation.
On March 18, 1937 he was married at Vandalia, to Lelah TAYLOR, who survives.
Mr. KIRK was city attorney from 1938 to 1946. He served as chairman of the Jefferson
County Red Cross for five years. He was a member of the board of directors of the
First Bank and Trust Co., and was a member of the board of the Mt. Vernon Savings
and Loan Association. Mr. KIRK was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges and the
American Bar Association. Since 1957 he has been associated with Don MUSICK in
the law firm of KIRK and MUSICK.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Anna, of Mt. Vernon; two sons,
John M. KIRK of Decatur and Danny D. KIRK of DuQuoin; one daughter, Linda REED
of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother Dr. Max KIRK of Houston, Tex.; three grandchildren;
two nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his father
Source: The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, IL
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 1977
Submitted by Mary Zinzilieta