John Kerry “Tater” Kirkland, 49, a lifelong resident of Sneads, Florida passed away at home, peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. John, or as everyone knew him “Tater” was a simple man with a big heart. He loved his family and was one of the biggest FSU fans you would ever meet. After retiring from the State of Florida, John did small engine repairs and bridge construction. He was known for being able to build and fix anything and was always working on something. He loved to bream fish and when he wasn’t doing that, he was building smokers and cookers, and hanging out with friends by the fireside.
John is survived by his devoted caretaker and mother, Rita Kirkland; one son, Daniel Kirkland and his mother Brenda Green of Altha, FL; one sister, Katherine Leigh and husband Donnie of Sneads, FL; one brother, Scott Kirkland and wife Tammy of Sneads, FL; one uncle, Larry Johnson and wife Brenda of Sneads, FL; three cousins, Randy Johnson and his wife Melissa and children Keely and Ethan of Sneads, FL, Tara Beloat and her husband Justin and children Mary and Jacob of Navarre, FL and Josh Johnson of Sneads, FL; six nieces, Allie Leigh, Karlie Leigh, Avery Leigh, Teri Ann Farris and husband Chad, Brandy Williford and husband Jason, Brandy Kutchey; six great-nieces, Shiley Coulliette, Addison and Abigale Farris, Haley and Kayla Williford and Hannah Kirkland; three nephews, Jeremy and Damon Leigh, David Lee Kirkland, and two great-nephews, Gabe Coulliette and Lincoln Summerlin,
John was preceded in death by his father Joel Kirkland; two uncles, Charles Johnson and Burl Johnson; one nephew, Jarid Kutchey.
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 6, 2018 at McAlpin Funeral Home in Sneads, FL from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Central Time. A Celebration of Life Home Going Service will be held Friday, September 7, 2018 at Sneads Assembly of God in Sneads, FL at 11:00 AM Central Time with Rev. Bill Mayo and Rev. Juno Douglas officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery with McAlpin Funeral Home directing.