Alvis E. “Buck” Kerby of Miami died Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Osborne Care and Rehab Center in Miami after an illness. He was 88.

Mr. Kerby was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Farmersville, Texas, to David R. and Nellie (Roy) Kerby. He lived in the Miami area since 1946.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army.

He worked for B.F. Goodrich for 31 1/2 years, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the American Legion in Miami and Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami, where he served as a deacon for more than 40 years.

He married Arlene M. Weber on March 7, 1946, in Columbus, Kan.

She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include four sons and their wives, David and Beverly Kerby of Miami, Dennis and June Kerby of Rio Rancho, N.M., Richard and Kelli Kerby of Miami and Larry Kerby of Tulsa; two daughters, Joyce Payton and her husband Doug and Linda Kerby, all of Miami; one sister, Juanita Morris of Commerce, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Luke Kerby, Richard Kerby, W.R. “Dub” Kerby and Lomas Kerby; two sisters, Bessie Robinson and Lillie Simmons, and one grandson, Lennie Kerby.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami. The Rev. Brent White and the Rev. Gerald Dyer will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, east of Miami.

Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Ean Kerby, Evan Kerby, James Payton, John Payton, Jason Kerby and Stafford Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be David Kerby, Dennis Kerby, Richard Kerby, Larry Kerby and Doug Payton.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.