Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News
Pastor Danny Kirk Senior was beaten to death Monday. Suspect died while in police custody. Pastor's son Danny DJ Kirk, Jr brought the house down with a personal and powerful song to his father.
Pastor Danny Kirk’s choir from his Greater Sweet Home Baptist church got more than 1,000 mourners on their feet on Saturday at Great Commission Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Those who led the service called Pastor Kirk a blessing in the lives of everyone there. One of his biggest blessings shares his name. And his charismatic son Danny “DJ” Kirk, Jr brought the house down with a personal and powerful song to his father. He sang, “I never could have made it without you… I see how you were there for me.”
DJ Kirk was at home at the podium, telling everyone gathered and specifically his own mother, they will be OK. He also shared a little about his relationship with his father.
“Me and my dad we never fussed, we never argued,” which brought some laughter from the crowd. “After all the whuppins he gave me, that same night he’d say ‘DJ I love you, just don’t do that no more.’ I’d say, ‘I got you.’”
Before Danny Kirk Sr. became a pastor he was a regional manager for Pepsi. He left a mark there, too. A woman he hired, Rosa Jones said, “We love you Danny. We will always bleed blue, Pepsi blue. Thanks for your guidance. Thank you Danny for being my role model.”
Pastors from area congregations are seeing to it Kirk’s widow, Lori and his son have all they need emotionally and financially. They’ve donated several thousand dollars so far to help Danny Kirk Jr. go to college.
Danny Kirk was killed Monday after police say Derrick Birdow crashed his car into the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church before beating the pastor to death with an electric guitar. Officers put Birdlow in custody after subduing him with a stun gun, but when they checked on him several minutes later he was dead.