Kirksey Funeral Home Valdese 1962 photo

Pictured is the Kirksey Funeral Home in Valdese, located at 205 Morgan Street, 1962. Staff members are pictured in front of the new building and fleet of vehicles. Pictured (front, from left) are Ernest Mull, Lee Ross, Ed Kirksey, Jim Lingafelt, Harry Setzer, Dick Pons, Johnny Brown, and James Wilson. Pictured (back, from left) are C. R. Whisenant, George Pinkston, Steve Settlymyre, Bill Sechrest and Walter Lindsay. This photo was created by Carl Webb.

The Burke County Genealogical Society and the Burke County Historical Society invite the public to attend a joint dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at the Morganton Community House at 120 N. King St., Morganton.

Lonnie Herman “L.H.” Kirksey III will present a program on “The Kirksey Family,” whose family members, beginning with Elijah Jackson Kirksey, (1824-96) have founded and operated hardware and furniture stores, plumbing and heating services and funeral homes in Morganton and Valdese.

Picture Burke in the North Carolina Room of the Morganton Public Library will provide a slideshow of photographs to help chronicle the family’s history.

Visitors are welcome for the 6:30 p.m. dinner, which is $8.50 per person, and the program at 7:15 p.m., or for the program only at no charge.

Reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 15, for the meal or the program to ensure adequate seating.

RSVPs will be held at the door. To make reservations or for information, call 828-438-1666 or 828-437-1881.

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