Fred Kilby


Fred Kilby, age 82, of Persimmon Road, Clayton, Ga., entered into eternal rest Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

Mr. Kilby was born in Rabun County on June 16, 1937,a son of the late Ferdinand C. Kilby and Oza Christine Coffee Kilby. He was a graduate of Rabun County High School and a four-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Following his military service, Mr. Kilby entered the aerospace industry, working with McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri and Lockheed in Marietta, Ga. He would also own his own watch repair shop.

In addition to his parents, Ferd and Oza Kilby, Fred was preceded in death by six brothers, Coit, Carl, Claude, Furman, Curtis, and Dwight Kilby. 

His survivors include his daughter, Felicia Smith (John), of South Carolina; two brothers, Rev. Jimmie Kilby (Juanita), of Mountain City, Georgia, F. Deleano Kilby (Harlene), of Tiger, Georgia; two sisters, , Christine Lee (Sandy),of Clayton, Brenda Sue Kilby, of the home; two grandchildren, Bradford and Breanna. Many nieces and nephews also survive him. He was loved by all that knew him and will be greatly missed. 

The family received friends on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at the Beck Funeral Home. \

A funeral service followed the visitation at 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 9, 2019 in the Chapel of the Beck Funeral Home with Rev. Glenville Nichols. 

Interment followed in the Persimmon Community Cemetery immediately after the service with Rev. Jimmy Hunter officiating. 

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at