Geraldine Smith Kirk, 65, of Siler City went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior at UNC Hospice at 2:07 AM on May 22, 2019. She joined her beloved husband, Wesley. She was diagnosed with cancer in June 2018, the day after she retired from Chatham County Schools (2007–2018). Her last position was Instructional Management Coordinator.
Her battle with cancer was fought courageously as she was supported by family, and numerous friends. Her lifelong friend, Marsha Andrews, walked bravely through this journey with Geraldine. Many thanks to all those who brought meals, prayed, visited and provided rides to Duke. A special acknowledgement to the Kirk family for their love and care.
Geraldine was the daughter of Sam and Ola Smith, both preceded her in death. Geraldine and Wesley built their log home on the land that her parents gifted her. She loved her home, always planning and completing projects and worked in her yard. Her home was enjoyed by many as a place of hospitality, and a haven of love. She loved to cook and ministered to many with her Southern meals. Her distinct personality of strong leadership and fun loving while constantly seeking ways to empower others, will be missed by many. Geraldine's daughter, her life's treasure, Stacy Kirk Woody, and her husband Donnie reside on the family tract. It was a great privilege for Geraldine to be loving cared for, by her daughter, a Registered Nurse. Geraldine immensely enjoyed being a grandmother to Anna, Jackson, Elliott.
Geraldine's sister, Charlotte Testerman, and husband, Sam raised their daughters, Jamie and Caroline on their adjoining lands. Youngest sister Jane, and Keith Oldham, live on the actual home-place. The family was close in distance and spirit.
Relationships were of upmost importance to Geraldine, and most importantly was her relationship with Jesus Christ. She was an active member of Joy Baptist Church.
Geraldine Kirk will be remembered by many as the Plant Manager of Charles Craft (1990-2005).
She began working as a machine operator at Hadley Peoples during high school and worked many positions before being named Plant Manager in December 1990.
Visitation will take place from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Oakly Baptist Church on Monday, May 27. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm. Reverend Rodney Staley "Charlie Brown" of Joy Baptist Church and Dr. Victor Hinson of Liberty University will be officiating. Geraldine will be laid to rest beside her husband, Wesley Kirk, in Oakley Baptist Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to UNC Hospice, 100 Rountree Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.