In Loving Memory

Kirby Carson Smith

Kirby Carson Smith

May 28th, 1948 - March 7th, 2019


Friday, March 8th, 2019   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Charter Funerals Emporia Chapel,
501 W. 6th Ave,
Emporia KS 66801


Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Sacred Heart Catholic Chrurch,
102 Exchange St.,
Emporia KS 66801


Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery,
East Logan Ave,
Emporia KS 66801


Kirby Carson Smith of Emporia, Kansas, entered into rest March 7, 2019 at his home while surrounded by his family and friends. He was 70 years old. He spent a long and precious life with his soul mate and wife, Georgeann, who together raised four amazing kids; Joshua, Colby, Brooke and Morgan.

His best days were filled with playing Euchre with his kids, fishing and hunting, telling tall tales, being in the great outdoors, nature walks with his grandchildren, wheeling and dealing at auctions, flea markets or yard sales and having morning coffee with the gang.

Born in Jackson, Michigan and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, Kirby spent his formative years at Divine Word Seminary in Ohio followed by lettering in wrestling at Elkhart High School. Kirby was a devout catholic, a Vietnam Veteran, member of the Newton and Emporia Jaycees, Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, served as District Chairman of Ducks Unlimited and was the president of the Emporia Habitat of Humanity.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6:00 -7:00 p.m., with the Rosary from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Charter Funerals, 501 W. 6th Ave in Emporia, Kansas. The Mass will be officiated by Father Farrar at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 102 Exchange St. in Emporia, Kansas. Flowers are welcome; memorial contributions may be sent to the Knights of Columbus, Leo Council P.O. Box 1051 Emporia, Kansas 66801


  • Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Teresa, your brother has seen the face of our sweet Savior and Heaven becomes even more precious! My prayers are with you and your dear family. With loving sympathy, Linda

    Linda (Myers) Bernhardt, een the face of our SavNewburgh, IN

  • Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers
    are with all of you.

    Janet Conway, Emporia,Ks. 66801

  • Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Kirby was my friend and classmate in our freshman and sophomore years of high school. Always kind
    to others, open-heart all t. time too to people of different backgrounds. A team player who put t. needs
    of others before his own, a hard worker,. A pleasure to be with. I have not seen Kirby for many years.
    I always felt he prayed for the two of us in our class who became priests, me being one of them.
    When I did see him at a class reunion long ago, he asked many perceptive and caring questions
    about our mission here at Fu Jen University. RIP, good pal Kirby. Pray for us all, please. Pray for me.

    Daniel J. Bauer, Taipei, Taiwan ROC

  • Sat, Mar 9th, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Judy Ball

    Judy Ball, Olathe, Kansas

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 11:49 PM

    Kirby was one of my best friends growing up.I remember many fun
    times playing games on the side lot next to his house. Also great
    memories of our time together at Divine Word Seminary.
    My condolences to the family.

    Bob Szobody, Loveland, CO

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    My deepest sympathy to the Smith
    family. Kirby was one year older, when
    we attended St Vincent De Paul grade
    school and Elkhart HS. We both were
    EHS wrestlers. Recall Kirby as a
    happy, fun loving, outgoing person,
    who would always lend a hand to
    those in need. Unfortunately, after HS,
    never saw Kirby. Thus, did not know
    Kirby had proudly served his country
    as a member of the military. Thank
    you for your service Kirby

    In closing, it is my hope that during
    this difficult time, fond memories
    bring smiles to those who loved -
    knew Kirby. God Bless. Semper
    Fidelis, Geo Mandis

    Lieutenant Colonel Geo Mandis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), Virginia

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Georgeann and all of the family,

    I have posted the very sad news of our friend Kirby on the Emporia Jaycees facebook page and
    responses from many are beginning to come in; even from old Jaycees from other towns who never
    got to really know Kirby. Know that we share your sadness. We were blessed that he was with us in
    April of 2017 when he had our reunion. He had such an enthusiastic impact on the legacy of what the
    Emporia Jaycees did and were back in his day. Our prayers are with you all and our memories of our
    good and cherished friend Kirby will never fade.

    Arden Lauxman, AZ

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Georgeann, Josh, Colby, Brooke and Morgan,

    I am so very sorry for the devasting loss of Kirby. I have such great memories of our visits to Newton
    being at Pat’s! No doubt he is going to be missed by so many especially y’all. My prayers will
    continue for each of you as you navigate through the tough days ahead. Let your faith be the
    strength that carries you through this great loss. Love and prayers, Chelle

    Chelle Bish, Euless, TX

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    It is with sadness and gratitude that we learn of Kirby's passing. Sadness because we have lost a
    dedicated and loyal man. But grateful to have known his friendship and for all his service to so many
    during his lifetime on this earth. I won't say goodbye but just fairwell until we can meet again.
    Joe Nadiia Sean Scott and Spencer Dumm

    Joe Dumm, Lenexa KS

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Smith Family: Gayle and I share the sorrow you are experiencing with the loss of such a kind and
    unique soul. Always hard working and quick with a story, he was the quintessential example of the
    great American neighbor. We watched as Kirby and Georgeann raised four children and we still
    decided to have two of our own! I swear that poor minivan never had a chance to cool down.
    Someone was always busy doing something and Kirby and Georgeann were always in the middle of
    it. What a great legacy to pass on to your children. We remember fondly each child's First
    Communion and the great food and after party that would trigger next door seemingly always with
    the spirited Euchre game ensuing. We can't help but smile when we think of Kirby and all the
    Smith's and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are holding you all close. Tom and

    Tom and Gayle Jackson, North Newton, KS

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Rest in peace and comfort my friend…. You will be missed by all.

    Knute Dresden, Aurora, IL

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Georgeanne and family, We are so sorry for your loss Kirby was a wonderful man and great
    neighbor. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Cherish all of the
    memories you have made: God bless you all. Denny and Teri

    Denny & Teri adkins, Marion,ks

  • Fri, Mar 8th, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Georgeann & Family,

    You are in our thoughts & prayers.

    Betty Pierson & Family

    Betty Pierson, Kansas

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