Roger Glenn Kirk passed into great natural peace on the 26th of March, 2020. He was born on the 31st of August, 1950, into the loving arms of his mother and father, Barbara Jean (Ward) Kirk, and Roger Bruce Kirk, in De Queen, AR. Preceding him in death, he reunites with his youngest brother Bobbie Gene Kirk, his grandson, Brandon Michael Pollard, and some of his dearest lifelong friends. He is survived by his brother, Ward Bruce Kirk, his daughters Amber Joy Pollard and Marie-Estaine a.k.a. Ivory Root, and his son, Dylan Wayne Zevon Kirk. He is also deeply mourned by his five grandchildren, his niece and nephew, and many dear cousins.
Roger grew up as the eldest of three sons in Southwest Arkansas and Central Oklahoma. He studied mathematics at Cameron State College in Lawton, OK, before transferring to Southwestern OKSU in Weatherford, OK. His father served as a Naval Sr. Chief Boatswain’s Mate, which took the young family to several destinations, the most indelible of which was the Caribbean island Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The name of the island, quite aptly to those who knew him well, means “free.” His formative years on the island and in the Piney Woods region of Arkansas instilled a pursuit of adventure, a love of wildlife, and an intimate relationship with Mother Nature.
A poet and singer/songwriter, Roger lived to entertain. He was a talented blues harmonica player who loved performing live on stage, or among friends around a fire. He carried several harps with him at all times. Music and writing were to him spiritual experiences that he imparted on his children. Wildly imaginative and filled with wonderment, he reminded adults of the importance of play. In the 70’s Roger was a founder of The Rearviews, a fraternity of close friends across the country, who celebrated annually to play music and discourse on the social injustice of the times. They permitted the initiation of wives, girlfriends, and children.
Many knew him adoringly as Snakeskin Rearview.
As owner of a masonry business, he worked for many years as a self-styled “rock artist.” He designed and built custom installations that were both sound and finessed. His chosen profession was a natural extension of his mild obsession for discovering Native American artifacts, flint arrowheads in particular. Roger took great pride in his Cherokee ancestry. The children in his life were subjected to spontaneous and often lengthy excavations in search of “buried treasures.” He reacted to uncovering a piece of knapped flint with contagious enthusiasm, teaching the utility of such ancient tools to the youth. Roger unearthed several pristine Clovis spear points which he donated to museum collections. Friends and loved ones came to expect an arrowhead for Christmas.
His zeal, love of children, and eccentricities will be deeply missed. His ashes will join the waters of his beloved Cossatot River, and interned beside his grandparents in Horatio, At. Services will be held June 13th at the Horatio Cemetery at 10AM, and also 3PM that afternoon at Cossatot State Park, sandbar camping area.