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My name is Alan Williams and I am Kirby's grandson and a biographer. I was born in Winchester, Va., and grew up on Fremont Street, a block from Kirby's home located on North Kent Street. I'm a 1973 graduate of John Handley High School and I earned my B.S. in Workforce, Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and my M.S. in Public Administration at Troy University. I'm a retired Navy Petty Officer and I'm enjoying my second career in law enforcement. As a self taught bassist, I have an intense interest in 1960s and 1970s progressive jazz. My mom, Yvonne Kirk Laws Williams (Kirby's only sibling), my grandma, Mary Moten Kirk, Kirby's cousin, June Gaskins, his schoolmate Mrs. Anna Bertha, jazz enthusiast and Winchester resident Russell Mason and Kirby's music teacher, Powell Gibson (all deceased) provided me a thorough education (through writings and personal interviews) about Kirby's upbringing and his career from 1908 thru 1946. Thanks.