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Judith Kirkland

Judith Kirkland

Friday, January 18th, 1946 Saturday, August 8th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Judith Stephens Kirkland (Stephens)

Sandra Judith Stephens Kirkland, 74, of Inman, South Carolina died on August 8, 2020. Born on January 18, 1946, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late James Elmore and Mildred Horton Stephens.

She is survived by her husband, Glen W. Kirkland; daughters, Stephanie Cromer Andrews (Todd), Donna Cromer Ilderton (Elmo) and Tammie Cromer Patrick (Sean); grandchildren, Jaime Andrews, Jenna Andrews, Ansley Ilderton Dunn (Josh), Chandler Ilderton, and Jordan Patrick; siblings, Barbara S. Smith (Bobby), Patsy W. Eubanks (Paul), Eldora Floyd, and James E. Stephens Jr. (Reba); many nieces and nephews; her canine friends, Emma and Sunny and two special lifelong friends, Faye Thornton Waters and Brenda Strickland Layton. Judy was preceded in death by her late husband, Donald E. Cromer, and a sister, Betty C. Stephens.

Judy was of the Baptist faith. She was the owner/operator of Sandbox Daycare Center in Roebuck, SC, and was affectionately known as “Miss Judy” by her many nursery children, whom she dearly loved. She also had 20 years of service at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. Judy had a love of nature and was especially fond of Bluebirds.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. J Bearden, Reggie Scoggins, and Stacey Williams for their excellent care over the many years, as well as Lutheran Hospice during her final days. Palmetto Mortuary, Greenville, SC is responsible for arrangements. At Judy’s request, there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Survivorship Program Fund
Spartanburg Regional Foundation
101 E. Wood St.
Spartanburg, SC 29303

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Dr. Mary Gene Ryan

I’m so sorry to hear about Judy’s passing! She and I were colleagues at Charleston Southern University for many years, and she was a wonderful friend. You and she will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Comment | Posted at 11:20pm via Condolence
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Lynda K Horton

My sincere condolences to Glen and her daughters and their families. She leaves you all with love, kindness, strength and endurance. You all are blessed for having Judy by your side.
Comment | Posted at 11:32am via Condolence
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Ann B. LaBoone

Dear Family of Judy. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I have not seen Judy in years. We went all through school together and graduated last class of Roebuck High School. I remember her as a caring ,very friendly person. Ann Bagwell LaBoone
Comment | Posted at 11:24am via Condolence
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Paul Mitchell

My deepest condolences to the Stephens/Cromer and Kirkland Family. Judy was not only my coworker but my friend. She will be sadly missed but I rejoice with the angels in Heaven in her “homegoing”!
Paul Mitchell
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Cindy OQuinn

Stephanie, Donna, and Tammie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Through Betty, I got to know you girls, your aunts, and uncle and a few of your cousins. Please know that I am keeping you close in thought and prayer now and in the days ahead.
With deepest sympathy and much love,
Cindy OQuinn
Comment | Posted at 08:33pm via Condolence
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