A celebration of life service for Mr. James Ellington Kirkland, Sr., age 71 will be held 11:00 am Thursday September 29, 2016 at Cole Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joey Clark officiating. Interment will follow 3:00 pm Thursday September 29, 2016 at Graceland East Memorial Park, Simpsonville, SC. Mr. Kirkland entered into rest peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family. He was a native of Columbus, GA and had made Simpsonville, SC his home for over 30 years before returning to Aiken County living here for the past 14 years. He was the husband of 50 years to the late Mrs. Brenda S. Kirkland and a son of the late Mr. Furman Baggott and the late Mrs. Mary Lou Scott Baggott. Mr. Kirkland had retired as a Tool and Dye Machinist with 48 years of service most recently at South Eastern Tool Company, Couchton, SC. Survivors include one son, James (Angela) Kirkland, Jr., Simpsonville; one daughter, Mary (Tim) Sweat, Gainesville, GA;three brothers, Lamar Baggott, Aiken, Edward Baggott, Anderson, Brant Kirkland, Aiken; three sisters, Sybil Turner, Windsor, Eleanor Givens, Windsor, Joann Smith, Rome, GA; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. Kirkland was also predeceased by two brothers. Pallbearers will be Kevin Summers, Michael Baggott, Timothy Hartnet, Time Pongrujipitiporn, Joshua Kirkland, and Mitchell Kirkland. The family would like to express a gratitude of thanks to Jessica Neely, Crystal Taylor, Diana Behne, Martha Hartnett, Pamela Williams, May Pierre, and the staff of Regency Hospice, Emily, Mildred, and Kimberly for all of their love and care that was given to Mr. Kirkland during his illness. A visitation with the family will take place 6-8 pm Wednesday September 28, 2016 at COLE FUNERAL HOME 1544 UNIVERSITY PARKWAY (118 BY PASS) AIKEN, SC, 29801. 803-648-7175. Please sign the online registry or order flowers at: www.colefuneralhomeinc.com.