George Edward Kirk Jr. of Muskogee died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at Eastgate Village Retirement Center. He was 77.
Mr. Kirk was born June 3, 1930, in Miami to George and Hattie (Switzer) Kirk. He attended school in Miami, attended college and the pharmacy school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City where he was a member of Bounder Fraternity and received his degree in 1952. He moved to Muskogee in 1956.
He began his career at age 9, peeling potatoes for a Miami restaurant. He later delivered prescriptions on his bike and operated the soda fountain at his neighborhood pharmacy. In the late 1950s he purchased a drug store in downtown Muskogee that grew to four locations and served Muskogee for more than 45 years. He was a member of the Oklahoma Pharmacist Association and served as president in 1978. He received the 1960-1961 Optimist of the Year award and was president of the club at the time. He received the Bienfang Memorial Award for outstanding pharmacy leadership in 1983, was president and chairman of the American College of Apothecaires in 1988, was president of Pharmacy Providers in 1989-1990, received the Friend of Pharmacy Award from A.H. Robins in June 1991, was recognized by the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in January 1997, was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and the Appreciation award for outstanding service by the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Muskogee, the Friendship Sunday school class, finance chairman of the board and assistant scout master for Troop 403, sponsored by the church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Kirk of Muskogee; one daughter, Cynthia Cary of Muskogee; one son and his wife, Gary Edward and Laura Kirk III of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren, Nicolas Cary of Hollywood, Calif., Miranda Cary of Norman, Brandy Harrison and husband Chad of Tulsa, Karlee Kirk of Muskogee, and Clay Wilkerson and Mitch Wilkerson, both of Stillwater.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Wilkerson; his parents; two sisters, Patricia Wright and Carol Fish, and two brothers, Bob Kirk and Jim Kirk.
Services are 1 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Muskogee. The Rev. Rusty Williams is officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home in Muskogee.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK 74403; the Alzheimer’s Association, 6465 S. Yale Ave., Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74136-7804, or to the hospice of choice.