William Jewell Kimbrough
William Jewell Kimbrough
Graveside services for William Jewell Kimbrough, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Kimbrough passed away at 1:11 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020, at Brooke Haven Healthcare.
He was born August 10, 1930, at Fanchon, Missouri, to Isaac B. Kimbrough and Della Shipman Kimbrough. On August 9, 1953, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Shirley Porter; to their union three wonderful children were born, Lanny, Cynthia and Chuck. On May 11, 1985, he was married at Lebanon, Missouri, to Peggy (Gannon) Odom; this union blessed him with two step-daughters. Bill attended school at Riggs & Hughlett in Fanchon. Mr. Kimbrough was a veteran, having served with the United States Air Force. During the Korean War he was a supply specialist stationed at Tacoma, Washington. He was a lifetime carpenter, cabinet maker and custom home builder; Bill had built fifty-five custom homes. He enjoyed working to the fullest. Mr. Kimbrough was the carpentry instructor for West Plains High School from 1985 to 1995. After retiring, he went back to woodworking and building, until his health failed. His entire blended family brought him great joy, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Kimbrough was a Christian and loved working for the Lord; he read his Bible daily for as long as he could and lastly attended Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kimbrough; two children, Lanny Kimbrough and wife, Deana and Chuck Kimbrough and wife, Erin and their mother, Shirley Kimbrough; two step-daughters, Tracy Morris and husband, George Bressie and Jeannie Cox and husband, David; seven grandchildren, Andrea Edwards Dewey and husband, Matthew, Katie Kimbrough Johnson, Andrew Kimbrough, Abbey Kimbrough, Kyle Kimbrough, Zach Cox and wife, Rachel and Courtney Cox Hamilton and husband, Matthew; seven great-grandchildren, Cora, Emma, Ava and Finn Dewey and Blake, Karlee and Nate Johnson; one sister, Alma Bowman; one brother, Benny Kimbrough and wife, Phyllis; his mother-in-law, Lorine Gannon; one brother-in-law, Charles Gannon and wife, Jayne; one sister-in-law, Vicki Jones and husband, Max; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one daughter, Cynthia (Kimbrough) Edwards, three grandchildren, Erin Edwards, Michael Kimbrough and Zebulon Cox, three brothers, Brad Jr., Feltman and Franklin Dean Kimbrough, two sisters, Thelma Isaacs and Wilda Underwood and his father-in-law, Gene Gannon, preceded him in death.
Mr. Kimbrough will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Gideon Bible Society and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.
Sunie & Bo Pace
June 11, 2020 @ 11:57 am
Sending the entire Kimbrough family our deepest sympathy at this time.
Bo & Sunie Pace
June 11, 2020 @ 2:21 pm
Kyle and family, I’m sorry for the loss of your grandfather.
Densel, Starr, Mikellah & Miles Kimbrough
June 11, 2020 @ 2:52 pm
Uncle Bill, one of the best. He inspired me. Sending our love to all.
Alma, Kay and Gay
June 11, 2020 @ 3:37 pm
Love to Peggy, Lanny, Chuck and the whole Kimbrough family. Heaven is truly even richer for Uncle Bill’s presence. Mom (Alma) will miss hearing her brothers’ voice. She will be there in spirit holding your hands, hugging your hearts and sharing in your loss, as will I.
June 11, 2020 @ 6:25 pm
Peggy,Lanny and Chuck I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet and kind man. He always had a smile. Praying for you all of you.
Judy and James Harper
June 11, 2020 @ 9:18 pm
I am so saddened by this news. All my love to each and everyone of you. Uncle Bill was one of my very favorites and I will miss him dearly. I will not be able to attend the service but you will all be in my prayers.
June 11, 2020 @ 9:23 pm
Sorry for your lost
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Bray Beaty’.
Hassel and Alice Vandergriff
June 12, 2020 @ 6:39 am
I remember Bill from his teaching days; we extend our sympathy to his family at this difficult time; may God bless and comfort you all.
June 12, 2020 @ 10:32 am
The Kimbrough Family,
We want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Bill. He always had a smile and when he saw you he always shared that wonderful personality of his! He will be missed. May God comfort, encourage, and support all of you thru this difficult time. Your family will be in our daily prayers. May God bless all of you.
In Christian Love,
Tim, Amber(Cozort), and Corby Redburn
June 12, 2020 @ 2:50 pm
He will be missed greatly. I had the pleasure of taking care of him. Praying for you Peggy and family!
Charlie and Jayne Gannon
June 12, 2020 @ 4:33 pm
Love to Peggy and the Kimbrough family. Bill will be greatly missed and he was loved by many people. We are sorry to not be with you but you are in our prayers and thoughts. Love you all.
June 12, 2020 @ 6:04 pm
Kimbrough family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. Gary and Vivian Mitchell
June 12, 2020 @ 7:20 pm
Sincere condolences Lanny & Deana and to your entire family. Hugs ()
June 12, 2020 @ 11:08 pm
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Miss Peggy. Thank you for the privilege of caring for Mr. Bill. He and you are much loved .
Fred and Karen Burkardt
June 15, 2020 @ 6:52 am
Remembering you all in our thoughts and prayers.