Toby R. Kirkland
October 18, 1975 – March 19, 2020
Toby Kirkland, 44, of Gilbert, SC, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Prisma Baptist Hospital. Toby was the son of Don & Rhonda Miles Kirkland of West Columbia. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina (BS) and Clemson University (MS).
In 1998, Toby was married to the love of his life, Stacy Ivey Kirkland, in Union, SC. They were proud parents of two boys that have always brought them so much joy, Creed (20) and Case (18).
Toby was an entrepeneur who worked in many fields during his lifetime. Most recently, he was employed by Clemson University as the Chief of Staff of the Youth Learning Institute. Prior to this position, he worked as a general contractor and as a youth minister at the First Baptist Church of Lexington.
Toby’s faith was central to his life and, as such, he played major roles in the lives of several local churches. Most recently, he served in leadership as an elder at RADIUS Church, where he and his family have worshiped since 2009. Beyond all of his many accomplishments, Toby will primarily be remembered as a humble leader with high integrity, an incredible diversity of skills and an over-the-top love for Duke Basketball. The entire Lexington community is going to miss him dearly.
Toby is survived by his beloved wife, Stacy; his sons, Creed and Case, and his mother and father, Don and Rhonda Kirkland. He also is survived by his sister, Crystal Kirkland Hightower (Torrey) of Mount Pleasant; his in-laws, Ben and Lynn Ivey of Union, SC; his brother-in-law, Mark Ivey (Kelly) of Union, SC, and five nephews, Reid Hightower, Ross Hightower, Kadin Ivey (Katie Beth), Creighton Ivey, and Benton Ivey.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Toby’s memory can be made to Crossover Athletics, a local organization he loved and served for many years.