|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1956|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 2011|
Parker (Burleson County)
Dr. Kirk P. McGehee, geologist and award-winning educator, dies at 54. Dr. McGehee died at his Parker, Texas home Tuesday, March 1 from an accidental fall.
Kirk was born in Winchester, Virginia, on November 2, 1956 to Hobson C. and Bettie P. McGehee, before moving to Jackson, Mississippi where he spent his childhood with siblings Caroline, Mac, Mike, and Susan.
He showed a love for sports and the outdoors early in life, and was the Mississippi state freestyle swimming champion in 1974, and both an Eagle and Order of the Arrow Scout. Kirk received a B.S. in geology from Southwestern University in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was Student Program Director and an active member of Alpha Tau Omega. He spent an undergraduate summer as a Philmont Wilderness Camp Guide.
He married Pamela L. Anderson, M.D. (now deceased), and lived in Dallas with her and their two children, Andrew Craft and Samantha Christine.
While living in Texas he earned his Ed.D. from East Texas State University faster than anyone before him.
Dr. McGehee used his knowledge to teach others, working first as vice principal of Bussey Middle School in Garland, and then as Student Activities Director and award-winning teacher of chemistry and physics at South Garland High School.
Kirk moved with Donna Townsend to Boca Raton, Florida in 1995, where they wed and lived with his stepson, Justin. Not able to stay away from his adopted state, they quickly returned to Texas and lived in Garland, Parker, Wylie, and Fairview.
Dr. McGehee owned Marlin Oil and Gas Co., and was a successful and active investor in numerous companies.
His hobbies were as varied as he was skilled, and included specimen rock-hunting, deep-sea fishing, swimming, and woodworking, and he collected rare coins and firearms, and fast cars. His truest passion, however, came from helping those in need.
Kirk served his community and family through several board and trustee positions, was a long-time supporter of Buckner Children's Home, and a staunch advocate of and contributor to the Republican Party.
His great-grandmother, Ethel Payne Craft, and Kirk's grandfather, Hobson C. McGehee, were critical influences on Kirk's life. Through their example, Kirk learned the value of generosity and the joy of serving others, and specifically in empowering young people to achieve their potential .
Kirk is survived by his children Andrew and Samantha; his parents Hobson and Bettie Payne; siblings Caroline, Hobson, Mike, and Susan; nephews James, Michael, Ian, Robert, Thomas, and Kirk; nieces Elizabeth, Katherine, Caroline, Marlene, Victoria, Claire; and great-niece, Alice.
Restland Memorial Park
Plot: Wildwood Walkway 4
Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Record added: Mar 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66521514