The Fairfield Recorder - 30 April 1970 edition, Page 1
Death Claims Mother Of The Recorder Family
Funeral services were held from First Baptist Church in Fairfield Monday afternoon for Mrs. Annie Eugenia Kirgan who died at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas early Sunday morning. Her husband was the late Lee C. Kirgan, owner-publisher of the Fairfield Recorder from 1900 until his death in 1947.
Mrs. Kirgan, who is the daughter of Caroline and James Lafayette Childs, early Freestone County settlers, would have celebrated her 90th birthday June 7. She was born in Fairfield in 1880 and lived here all of her life. She and Mr. Kirgan were married Dec 9, 1898.
The Rev. Jack Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated and was assisted by the Rev. Norman Burk, her neighbor and friend, and pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Richard Kirgan of Beaumont, Miss., her grandson led prayer at the family home before rites at the church.
Other grandsons, Joe Lee Kirgan Jr. of Fairfield, John Stubbs of Wortham, Jimmy Kirgan of Teague, Tim Gleason and Lee Gleason of Dallas and Harold Newton Hopkins, Jr. of Silsbee, were pallbearers. Randall Kirgan of Sweetwater was unable to be here.
Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery under direction of Capps Funeral Home.
Mrs. Kirgan was loved by all who knew her and was respected as a great Christian lady. She was truly a "home missionary" as she reared her large family and served her neighbors, friends and others who passed her way through the years. Her Christian witness was an inspiration and her wonderful sense of humor always the source of joy and happiness. She was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Her home, "Liberty Hall," was a refuge for grandchildren and great grandchildren who could be corrected while there, but all punishment was postponed until they returned to their homes.
Survivors include Randall B. Kirgan of Sweetwater, Ramon R. Kirgan of Fairfield, and Hulen Kirgan of Mexia; three daughters, Mrs. George (Sadie) Kirgan of Wortham, Mrs. Thomas (Joy) Gleason of Dallas, and Mrs. H. N. (Joyce)Hopkins of Silsbee; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceeded in death by one daughter, Mary, and three sons, Millard, Joe Lee, and Alton.
All of the children grew up in and worked at the Recorder through the years. After Mr. Kirgan's death, Mrs. Kirgan remained owner of the newspaper until 1960 when she sold it to her grandson Joe Lee Jr. Others who are still in the newspaper work are Randall of the Sweetwater Daily Reporter, Hulen at the Mexia Daily News, and Jimmy at the Recorder.