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Visitation information
Highland Presbyterian Church, following service
2380 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Monday, May 27, 2013

Service information
Highland Presbyterian Church
2380 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Monday, May 27, 2013
2 p.m.

Cynthia Merrin Kirkman
Mar 26, 1928 - May 22, 2013
Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home
Cynthia Merrin Kirkman, of Winston-Salem, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 22 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home surrounded by her 5 children. She was the widow of the Rev. E. Eugene Kirkman, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church until his untimely death in 1973. Cynthia's parents were James Frank and Hazel Cubberly Merrin of Zephryhills, FL. Born in Gainesville, FL, she spent her early years in south Georgia northern Florida, where her father ministered for Presbyterian churches. She attended what is now Florida State University, graduating in 1949. She earned a Masters Degree in Christian Education in 1951 from what is now Union Prebyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, where she med her husband, Gene. They were married that year and served a pastorate in Martinsville, VA before coming to Winston-Salem in 1956.

Her primary interests were her family, her faith and her friends. She was involved in many community ministries and interests. Her involvement in almost every facet of life at Highland Presbyterian sustained both her and the community before and after her husband's death. She served as the District Manager of seven counties in the Triad area for the 1980 Census. Following this she was the on site manager for many Presbyterian Church financial campaigns for building funds and other special projects. This led to her work in a nationwide campaign of the Presbyterian Church, working in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming as well as Portland, OR where she traveled from Alaska to New Mexico as a personnel supervisor. She served the PCUSA as a leader at all levels of church government and was especially involved in the 70's and 80's in justice issues for women in the church and everywhere. She was loyal to a wide circle of friends all across the country who enriched her life in many ways.

Surviving Cynthia are her daughter, Pat and granddaughter Jessica of Winston-Salem and four sons and their families: Sam & Susan of Waynesville, NC, their children Krista (Chris Kalinowski) & Aaron Kirkman (Casey) and their daughters Reagan and Leila, Fred & Birdie of Pittsboro, NC and their son Jordan, Earl and Andi of Oologah, OK and their daughter Meg and Jim & Sharon of Pittsboro, NC and their daughters Bonnie and Gena. Also surviving are her sisters, Deedie Simmons of Jacksonville, FL and Mary Frances Merrin of Elkins, West VA and their extensive families.

On Monday May 27th her ashes will be scattered in the Memorial Garden of Highland Presbyterian Church, followed at 2 pm by a Memorial Service to celebrate her life and as a Witness of the Resurrection, to be conducted by her Pastors in the Sanctuary. Following the service there will be a time of greeting and fellowship. Memorials are suggested to the Permanent Fund at Highland, 2380 Cloverdale W/S 27103 or to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Rd., Richmond 23227. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
John Parham
Your mother was a very classy lady. The Kirkmans and the Parhams grew up together through Scouts and Church. She always had a smile on her face and i saw her about 2 months ago when I helped her put groceries into her car at Harris Teeter and got a big hug from her. She will be missed and God bless the Kirkman family.
The Mahoney Family
The Mahoney's and their extended families would like to send heartfelt condolences to the Kirkman family in memory of Cynthia.
S. Brown-Acker
To the Kirkman Family: May the memories of a life well-lived help comfort you during this difficult time. And may the strength that God provides, sustain you. (Psalm 46:1) My condolences, SBA.
Dawn Nelson
What an amazing woman she was! So glad I knew her and was touched by her spirit. Very sorry to all the Kirkman"s for her passing but so grateful we got to say "goodbye"! What an earthly treasure she was for all of us. Grace and Peace to you! Dawn, Kenneth, Audrey & Reece Nelson


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