Leslie Benton 'L.B.' Kirby, Jr.
By Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Alstyne
Oct 30, 2018
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Howe, Texas -- Leslie Benton "L.B." Kirby, Jr. passed away October 29, 2018 at 11:58 p.m. at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas. He was 93 years old. A service honoring him will be held at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at the Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Scoggins Funeral Home.

L.B. was born in Aubrey, Texas, on November 11, 1924 to the late L.B., Sr. and Lillie Kirby. He graduated from Howe High School in 1942. After graduation, he joined the army to serve his country in World War II, and became one of Texas’ most highly decorated soldiers. When he returned home, he married Dorothy Faye Hanna in Celina, Texas on November 27, 1945. L.B. worked at Hardwick Etter Cotton and Texas Power & Light in Sherman, but most importantly, he became an ordained preacher and pastored several churches in Oklahoma and Texas.

L.B. is survived by his brother, Jerry Kirby and wife Venita of Howe; sister, Bettie Gouard of Howe; nephews, Danny Gouard and wife Linda of Howe; Terry Kirby and wife Elaine of Howe; niece, De-Ann Mozingo and husband Trent of Howe; as well as 5 great nephews, Cody Gouard, Clayton Gouard, Dylan Kirby, Russell Mozingo and Randall Mozingo; 3 great nieces, Alexa Brunner, Rachel Mozingo and Crystal Gregory.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; and their 3 children, Leslie Benton, III; Dorothy Faye, and Jerry Lewis.

Services are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, 637 W. Van Alstyne, Pkwy. Van Alstyne, TX; 75495. 903-482-5225.

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