Don Kirkham

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Don T. Kirkham, 82, of Midwest City, Okla., died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Specialty Hospital in Midwest City.

He was born June 15, 1923, in Olive Branch, son of Don I. and Alice Chandler Kirkham. He married Frances Downs and Alice Orchard, both of whom preceded him in death. He later married Dellavee Kirkham.

Kirkham was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, having flown 50 missions in a P-38 over Germany in World War II, flew an F-86 in Korea, and a DC-3 in Vietnam.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Selma, Ala., Moose Lodge, Military Officers Club, and Corpus Christi, Texas, VFW Post 2397.

Survivors include his wife; two sisters, Ruth Novello of Hickory, N.C., Alice Franks of Ballwin, Mo.; a brother, Wendell Kirkham of Hickory; several stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

Friends may call at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo from noon to service time Saturday.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Dr. Larry Potts officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery with military honors conducted by Pulaski County Memorial VFW Post 8891 of Mounds, Ill., and the U.S. Air Force.