Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, niece, cousin and friend, Minnie Lee Kimble, peacefully answered the call of her Heavenly Father, at her residence, on Monday evening, February 28, 2011, after 89 blessed years. She was born to Jesse and Minnie Holmes on June 4, 1921, in Edna, Texas. Sis. Kimble accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by Rev. Banks. She was educated in Wharton County and graduated from T.L. Pink High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. In 1978, Sis. Kimble completed studies at Conroe Normal and Industrial College and received a Bachelor’s of Religious Education degree.
Sis. Minnie Lee Kimble was one of the founding members of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Hitchcock. As mother of the church, she had a servant’s spirit, which led her to be faithful and devoted to the Lord, and numerous church auxiliaries. These ministries included the choir, deaconess, minister’s wives, ministerial wives alliance, usher board, and women’s mission. Sis. Kimble served these departments in many capacities, including president.
She was passionate about life, placing the greatest value on God, then family, all with honor and integrity. Ethically grounded, her work commitment was unrivaled, and she taught by example. Although those teachings were delivered very quietly, her lessons were immeasurably effective. She was unselfish in giving, and genuine in her concern and care of others. She sincerely loved everyone and everyone loved her. Sewing was Sis. Kimble’s favorite pastime and she was one of God’s best cooks.
Sis. Kimble met the love of her life, Rev. Marshal J. Kimble, and they were married on October 23, 1938. God further blessed their union with ten beautiful children. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, George Fox and Jesse Holmes, Jr., one son, Arnold Lacy Kimble, and two sons-in-law, Edward Lovell and Dewane Garrett. Sis. Kimble leaves a remarkable Christ-centered legacy with her nine children, Oliver Johnson (Pomy) of Webster, Alice Kimble Lovell of Texas City, Armer Kimble Preston (Flem) of Freeport, Versa Whittington (Anderson H) of La Marque, Rev. Marshall Kimble, Jr. (Willie) of Houston, Rev. Laban Kimble (Loyce) of Texas City, Jacqueline Johnson (Rev. Billy) of Richwood, Arleen Woodson (Charlie) of Missouri City, and Rhonda Garrett of La Marque. Her lovable spirit and gently imparted wisdom will be missed immensely by her eighteen grandchildren, Oria Macdougal, Dverka Smith, Lorrie Johnson, Rhonda Johnson, Edward Lovell II (Georgia), Eric Lovell, Rev. Byron Collins (Verlinda), Rev. Tyron Collins (Tammie), Phaedra Goffney (Edward I), Carlette Spells (Rev. Kalvin), Rev. William Kimble (Pontus), Julia Mooney (Marc), Latasha Bellow (Alvin, Jr.), Rodney Kimble, Dawn Richardson (Dominique), Charles Woodson, Dewane Garrett II (Tia), and Tracy Garrett. Cherished memories of her life are also left with thirty-one great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, her brother-in-law David Kimble, close friend and caregiver Callie Mae Solomon, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
Visitation will begin at 9 AM Saturday, March 5, 2011, with a service celebrating her life and legacy at 11:00 AM at New Macedonia Baptist Church (6619 Prino -Hitchcock, TX) with Rev. William Randall, Jr. officiating, her son, Pastor Laban Kimble eulogist. She will be laid to rest in Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX.