Graham Horner (G.H.) Kirkpatrick Jr, of Alamance, NC passed away peacefully at Twin Lakes where he was being treated by a loving staff for Alzheimer's and Covid 19.
Born in Alamance County on September 30, 1944 he was the son of G.H. Kirkpatrick Sr. and Edith Kirkpatrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Ronnie Kirkpatrick and his step grandson Wesley Holland. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra of 34 years, his son Tripp Kirkpatrick and wife Teresa, his daughter Missy Kirkpatrick and husband Josh Lewis, and a stepson Rob Holland all of the Alamance area. G.H. was blessed with grandchildren Graham Kirkpatrick IV, Jacy Kirkpatrick, Shea Kirkpatrick, step granddaughter Hunter and her son Wesson. His sister Fonda Kirkpatrick Brittain and her husband Daniel live in Hickory, NC. He cherished his 5 nephews and cousins who lovingly called him "Teeny" which was his childhood nickname.
G.H. loved his family, his work, and the community of Alamance where he lived his entire life. He graduated from Southern Alamance High School and played football there. He attended Elon College for a short period but his desire was to follow his father and brother into the grading and paving family business. Later he started his own company, Kirkpatrick Concrete of Burlington Inc. There he built strong relationships with his employees and customers and was known to be a man of integrity and fairness.
He had a strong work ethic but also loved his hobbies and special interests. He was an avid antique collector and loved taking back roads in his truck hoping to find a treasure or an untried cafe. He collected old cars and guns which was a hobby he loved doing with his son. He loved history and his lineage and was a member of the Alamance Battle Ground Chapter of the SAR (Son of American Revolution). Some of his pastimes were watching Andy Griffith Show, John Wayne movies, gardening flowers and vegetables, and gathering with friends.
G.H. always met you with a smile and a "hey here". He usually had a good story to tell or hear to share a good laugh. He was a good man who drew strength from his upbringing and faith in God. He had great common sense, quick wit, a kind and giving nature showing love and concern for others. His love for his country was evident! He will be missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank Connie Cobb and Kelsie Williams for their help while he was home and Angela, Jesse and Megan and others who gave him great care at Twin Lakes.
G.H.'s body will lie in state at Rich and Thompson 's funeral home in Burlington, NC on Friday January 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 if you would like to pay your respects and sign the guest register. G.H.'s pastor, Rev Ron Philabaum, has kindly offered to be there and greet guests.
A small memorial service will be held at Alamance Lutheran Church which will be streamed live for your convenience and safety of all. Go to Alamance Lutheran Church Facebook live event on Saturday at 2:00 o'clock. Burial will follow the service in the cemetery behind the church. Social distancing and masks will be requested in the sanctuary or at the gravesite.
Memorials can be made to Alamance Lutheran Church or to AuthoraCare Collective in Burlington.
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