Judge Albert D. Kirby Jr., (retired) was born in Clinton, North Carolina, on March 31, 1958. He is the son of LuEllen Kirby and the late Albert D. Kirby, Sr. He was reared on a farm operated by his grandfather. There, he learned many of his values. Albert graduated from Clinton high school in 1976, where he was an all-state football player. He was selected to play in the Shrine bowl, an honor reserved for the top foot-ball players in the state of North Carolina. Albert earned a full football scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he was first string full-back for two seasons.
After graduating from Wake Forest in 1980, Judge Kirby entered law school at Campbell University School of Law (Now Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law), and graduated in 1986.
Following his graduation from Law School, Mr. Kirby began work as an assistant district attorney in Prosecutorial District Twelve (Cumberland and Hoke Counties) and Prosecutorial District Three (Pitt County), respectively.
While employed as an assistant district attorney in Greenville, North Carolina, Judge Kirby taught first as an Adjunct Professor and then as a full Professor of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University.
After his work as a Professor at East Carolina University, Judge Kirby moved back to his home town in Clinton, North Carolina, and established the Kirby Law Firm. One of his primary clients was the Clinton City Schools Board of Education. He served as school board attorney for over twenty years.
After he was twice elected as Sampson County Commissioner for District Five, he served nearly eight years before being appointed Senior Resident Superior Court Judge by Governor Roy Cooper to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of the Honorable Douglas Parsons.
In 2012, Judge Kirby was called to the ministry, fulfilling his grandmother’s prophecy. He is presently attending Campbell University Divinity School. He is a 2019, inductee into the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame, receiving the Gene Hooks Award.