Clara Kirby

Seneca– Clara Nell Painter Kirby, 79, wife of the late John R. Kirby, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, at her residence.


Born in Greenville, SC, Clara was the daughter of the late Draper Painter and Martha Hughes Painter.  Clara was retired from Clemson University and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.  Clara was very outgoing, a devoted member to her church and she enjoyed reading history books.


Clara is survived by her son, Michael Raymond Kirby (Margie); daughter, Lora Ann McAlister; brothers, Billy W. Painter, Charles L. Painter; grandchildren, Jennifer Vrbenec, Daniel Lee McAlister; and great-grandchildren, Chelsea Renee Vrbenec, Emery Lee McALister, and Natalie Rae Vrbenec


In addition to her husband and parents, Clara is preceded in death by her sister, Martha Jean Hipps.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 17, 2022 at Hopewell Baptist Church with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service at Hopewell Baptist Church.


The family is at the residence.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Clara’s memory may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Missions Team., 161 Hopewell Church Drive, Seneca, SC 29678 or Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28601.  A message of condolence may be written to the family by visiting