Irene Kilgore was born on Jan. 27, 1921, in Roopville, Ga., the daughter of the late George G. and Stella Bell Joyner.
In 1939 she graduated from Roopville High School, where she was an outstanding member of the girl’s basketball team.
She was married to Winton O. Kilgore on Aug. 11, 1940, in Carrollton, Ga. After living and working in San Diego, Calif., during World War II, she and her husband returned to Carrollton in 1946 and founded the W. O. Kilgore Construction Company. Irene both served as the office manager for the company, which built many commercial and public buildings in the West Georgia area, as well as manager of the apartments and duplexes which they built.
While her three children were attending the Carrollton City School System, she was an active member of the PTA and served as president. For over 30 years, she was a member of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club, serving as treasurer and on many committees. Irene was also a member of Circle K Kiwanis, and has been a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for over 50 years, serving in various capacities. She enjoyed gardening, yard work, and as her family will testify, she was a very good cook.
In addition to her parents and husband, Winton O. Kilgore, Irene was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Joyner, and sisters, Elma Whitman, Margaret Matthews, Sally Kate Parker and Betty Wright.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Penny Kilgore, and their children, Mary Margaret, Lillie Anna, T. Kirby, David, and Peter Kilgore of Carrollton; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Tasso Tsipolitis; grandchildren, Jonathan Duke and his wife, Paige, of Spartanburg, S.C., Irene Tsipolitis Moe and her husband, Christopher of Homer, Alaska, Tim and Sandra Kilgore, and their children, Emily, William, and John of Carrollton. Great-grandchildren are Hannah Duke and Hunter Lancaster of Spartanburg, S.C. Irene is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jessie Joyner, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jack Joyner, Gordon Kilgore, Bernard Kilgore, Sam Morgan, Don Morrow, Billy Little, Kenneth Herringdine, and Tommy Wester. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Faithful, Sharing, Believers Sunday School Class, the Seekers Sunday School Class, and Golden K Kiwanis Club.
Donations may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 Tabernacle Drive, Carrollton, GA 30117 and Tanner Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1136, Carrollton, GA 30112.
Funeral services will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church Worship Center at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, with Dr. Jimmy Gentry and Dr. Howard Cobble officiating.
The family will receive friends at Almon funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
Interment will be in Carroll Memory Gardens.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com.
Almon Funeral Home, Carrollton.