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Judge Lloyd "Tookie" Kirkham

August 26, 1942 — April 29, 2024

Tarkington Prairie

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Ira Lloyd "Tookie" Kirkham, affectionately known as Judge Kirkham, breathed his last breath on April 29, 2024, leaving behind a legacy etched deeply into the heart of Tarkington Prairie. Born on August 26, 1942, in Cleveland, Texas, Tookie was the cherished middle child of Ira Joe Kirkham and Bobbie Chapman Kirkham. His life's journey remained intertwined with the tight-knit community of Tarkington Prairie, where he left an indelible mark of service, compassion, and unwavering dedication.

Tookie's journey began in the hallowed halls of Tarkington High School, where his athletic prowess shone bright. Graduating in 1961, he left a trail of excellence in football, basketball, and track, earning the esteemed title of All-State. It was during these formative years that he found his lifelong companion in Cordella Price, his high school sweetheart, with whom he shared 60 years of unwavering love and devotion.

Despite his travels for college, where he earned recognition with the Golden Glove, Tookie's heart always remained in Tarkington. He devoted years of service to various endeavors, from his early days as a lineman for Southwestern Bell, his years at Jefferson Chemical, to his tenure at Texaco, where he eventually retired. However, his impact transcended the workplace, as he served on numerous boards, including those of Oak Shade Baptist Church, where he was a longtime member, Cleveland Dairy Day, Tarkington ISD School Board, Trinity River Board, Prosperity Bank Board, Yettie-Kersting Hospital Board and many more.

Tookie's crowning achievement came in his role as the Judge of Liberty County, a position he held for 12 years, leaving an indelible mark of fairness and integrity. His dedication to public service was further recognized with the honorary Road Hand Award from TXDot, celebrating his contributions to the county's infrastructure.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Tookie's passions knew no bounds. His love for his '55 Chevy Bellaire, fondly named "Maybellene," echoed through the streets of Tarkington as he cruised with pride. A stalwart supporter of Tarkington ISD, he earned the esteemed title of the "1 fan," epitomizing his unwavering dedication to the community and its youth.

Tookie's love for music, particularly Rock and Roll, and his penchant for dancing brought joy to all who knew him. Yet, amidst his varied interests, his heart remained with his family and his beloved cows, finding solace and fulfillment in their company.

As he bids farewell to this world, Tookie leaves behind a tapestry of cherished memories and a legacy of love. Reunited with his parents and brother Jimmie Kirkham, and brother-in-law, Charles Hansbro. He is survived by his devoted wife Cordella, daughters Kem (Scott) and Kehle (Eldon), grandchildren, Rachel (Jared), Colby (Leah), Parker (Dylan), Charli; great-grandchildren, River and Jaxon; sister, JoAnn, numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and a host of other relatives and many friends who mourn his loss.

The visitation and service to honor Judge Kirkham's life will be held at Oak Shade Baptist Church in Tarkington, a fitting tribute to a man whose life was intertwined with faith and community on Saturday, May 4, 2024 with visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m., and a service to follow at 2:00 p.m. His burial will take place following the service at the Oak Shade Cemetery. As he takes his final journey, surrounded by loved ones and friends, Tookie will be remembered for his unwavering spirit, boundless compassion, and enduring legacy of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Oak Shade Baptist Church building fund or the Tookie Kirkham Athletic Scholarship for students at Tarkington ISD,  a testament to Tookie's commitment to his community. His Mason brethren are invited to pay homage, adorned in their aprons, as we bid farewell to a man whose impact will be felt for generations to come.

The family would like to thank Best Choice Personal Care Home and Horizon Hospice for their love, care and compassion.

​All services handled under the trusted care of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

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