Sheriff's narcotics secretary honored

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When Sheriff Ronnie Strength and others from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office attend the funeral of Billie Hull Kirkland today, their emotions will be similar to those felt for a family member, he said.

Billie Hull Kirkland: Longtime Sheriff's Office secretary is remembered for her upbeat attitude and being part of the "family."  Special
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Billie Hull Kirkland: Longtime Sheriff's Office secretary is remembered for her upbeat attitude and being part of the "family."

"She was a great person. She was always upbeat, kept a smile on her face and always came to work -- and early," Sheriff Strength said about the woman who worked as a secretary for the Sheriff's Office's Narcotics Division.

Mrs. Kirkland died Tuesday at University Hospital. She was 47.

Her longtime supervisor, Capt. Leonard Hart of the Narcotics Division, said it was typical for Mrs. Kirkland to arrive at work 90 minutes early.

"And that was unpaid time," he said. "By the time everyone else arrived at 8:30 a.m., she had everything in place," he said.

Capt. Hart said he hired her when they worked for the Augusta Police Department and she continued working for him after city and county governments consolidated in 1996. She worked for the city and county for 18 years, Capt. Hart said.

"You really can't define what she did. She kept a group of guys on level, solid ground and provided us a perspective that we didn't have," said Narcotics Division Sgt. Allan Rollins.

Mrs. Kirkland was a native of Rayle, Ga., and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Paine College.

Sheriff Strength said her common sense was just as vital as her formal education.

"She played a very important role with us. She was part of our family," the sheriff said.

Mrs. Kirkland is survived by her husband, Atys Kirkland; a son, Audre Kirkland; three brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at Paine College's Gilbert Lambuth Chapel with the Rev. Nathaniel Carswell officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be members of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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happythoughts
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happythoughts 02/25/08 - 06:17 am
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What a loss! People like her

What a loss! People like her inspire me.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 02/25/08 - 09:53 am
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So sorry to hear of her loss.

So sorry to hear of her loss. My condolences to all who love her.

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Opinionated 02/25/08 - 10:20 am
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I wish the best to her

I wish the best to her family. It's a heart renching thing to hear someone as special as she was, taken away. My prayers go out to you.

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celticfiveo 02/25/08 - 12:55 pm
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Billie was a geat woman who

Billie was a geat woman who was respected and loved by her boys. She will be grately missed. My family and I have kept her and her family in our prayers since she was diagnosed and those prayers will continue.

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HOPE 02/25/08 - 02:47 pm
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May the good Lord take this

May the good Lord take this woman into Heaven and let her know your love and ever lasting peace. We ask you Lord to come into the lives of the families and loved ones the strength they will need to get through this trying time in there lives.

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darktall 02/25/08 - 05:55 pm
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What a nice lady, sorry to

What a nice lady, sorry to hear this news.

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ds6987 02/25/08 - 10:31 pm
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My heart goes out to the

My heart goes out to the Kirkland family. I had the opportunity to work with Billie for many years and she was an awesome woman. God Bless...

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student1234 02/28/08 - 10:38 am
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The Paine College community

The Paine College community sends its thoughts and prayers to the Kirkland family.

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