He was the son of the late James Edward and Angelina Josephina Ashby Kirtley.
Michael is survived by: his loving wife, Kim Barrett Kirtley; two sons, Michael Steven Kirtley Jr. of Johnson City, Tenn., and Thomas James Kirtley of Otto; a daughter, Stephaine Michelle Kirtley Racine of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, James Edward Kirtley Jr. of Lakeland, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Angelina.
Michael attended St. Francis Catholic Church in Franklin, N.C., and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a loving father, enjoyed working on anything mechanical and enjoyed all outdoor activities, including camping, fishing and hiking.
His family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Beck Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. in the Beck Funeral Home chapel following visitation.
Donations may be made to: Knights of Columbus St. Michael’s Council 8363 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 299 Maple St., Franklin, NC 28734.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Nov. 10, 2011