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Lawana Beatrice (Hale) Kirby

Funeral services for Lawana Beatrice (Hale) Kirby were Nov. 21, 2022, at Crossway First Baptist Church, in Sulphur, with Reverend Willard McCartney Jr. and John Rheed Hale officiating. Interment followed at Drake Cemetery, south of Sulphur.
Kirby, also known by many as “Blackie” was born Oct. 14, 1936, in Sulphur, to the late, John H. “Doc” and Josie G. (Elkins) Hale. She died Nov. 14, 2022, at her home in Sulphur, at the age of 86 years and 1 month. She and Bobby John Kirby were united in marriage on Nov. 8, 1952, in Ada. To this union were born three children Javonna, Ladonna and Bobby John Jr.
Kirby grew up in the Drake area, attending school in both Drake and Sulphur. Early in her adult life, in addition to making a home for her family, she worked as a waitress at the Chickasaw Motor Lodge and later owned and operated the Rancho Café with the late Corkie Sims. The final 22 years of her working career was spent at the Sulphur Veteran’s Center, where she worked in physical therapy.
Survivors include daughters: Javonna Earsom and Ladonna Kirby, both of Sulphur; her son, Bobby John “BJ” Kirby Jr. of Hernando, Fla.; five grandchildren, Melissa Hulsey of Moore, Valerie Keenan of Sulphur, Jessica Earsom of Sulphur, Austin Kirby of Murrietta, Calif., and Kendra Briggs of Inverness, Fla.; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
Those desiring to make memorial contributions in memory of Kirby, can do so to the Good Shepherd Hospice of Ardmore.
Services are “Entrusted to” Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur.
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