In 1997 Kirkman married Kathleen Ravenel from Charleston, SC and together they are raising three daughters: Kay, Mary Fleming, and Hattie.
Hattie and Mary Fleming attend Hammond and Kay attends Episcopal High School in Virginia.
Dr. Mary Fleming Finlay, Kirkman's mother, was a biology professor at
Benedict College for over 20 years and is now retired. His late father, Kirkman Finlay Jr.,
was a founding member of the law firm Boyd, Knowlton, Tate, & Finlay, known today as Haynesworth, Sinkler & Boyd.
Kirkman Finlay Jr. served for a total of 12 years on Columbia City Council: 8 years as Mayor and 4 years as a councilmember.
The late Mayor Finlay is widely credited for creating the Columbia we enjoy today and his vision culminated in the development of The Vista.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Kirkman has lived here the majority of his life, other than his time away to attend school.
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Kirkman farms 6,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybean crops and manages Doc's BBQ, Millstone at Adams Pond,
and Pawleys Front Porch in Five Points and Mt. Pleasant. Kirkman's business ventures have created more than 75 jobs in our community.
Kirkman has been involved in and has served on the boards of Palmetto Health Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation,
Ducks Unlimited, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, and the Boy Scouts of America and donating time and resources to many local charities.
He is co-founder and co-chair of The Gray Horton Scholarship at the University of Virginia.