Jack S. Kimbrough DVM (1935 - 2014)

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Jack S. Kimbrough, D.V.M., 79, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Crestview Nursing Home in Shelbyville, Ky.
He was born April 7, 1935 in Harrison County, son of the late Billy and Bessie Kimbrough, and was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Kimbrough.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Liz Stanley Kimbrough; a son, Clint Kimbrough (Carol); a daughter, Beth Summers (Stephen); and granddaughters, Emily Abell Goodlett (Dusty) of Lawrenceburg and Sara Elizabeth Abell of Louisville; brother, Jerry Kimbrough (Darlene) of Cynthiana; a sister, Jill Kimbrough of Lexington; a sister-in-law, Joyce Feix of Georgetown; and a nephew and niece.
After graduating from Harrison County High School, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky majoring in pre-veterinary medicine. In 1961, he graduated from Auburn University and practiced veterinary medicine for 36 years. His gregarious personality and his love for all things rural, especially cattle, led him into a lifetime of devotion and dedication to the vocation. He was known as "Doc" by his clients, colleagues, and his many friends. He had commented that he spent "some 36 years talking to farmers and cattlemen from a pick-up truck or across an old cow's back." He was a founding member of the Shelby County Cattlemen Association and was president from 1996-2001. In 2002 he was elected state president of the Kentucky Cattlemen Association-a position he cherished, served as chairman of the Kentucky Beef Network 2004-2008, was a director of the Farm Bureau 2002-2005, a Shelby County Fair board member 2001-2003, and was commissioned by Governors Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher to serve on KY Agriculture Resource Developmental Authority from 2002-2010. He was a committee member of Shelby County Beef IRM, a chairman of Phase I programs for the KY Beef Network, a committee member of Animal Health and Well-being, and was a member of KY Veterinary Medical Association. In 2002, he was honored with the National Farm-City award named Shelby County Farmer of the Year, was inducted into the Farm Bureau Hall of Fame in 2013 and was the 2013 recipient of the KY Cattlemen Hall of Fame award.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, Dec. 14 at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to KY Cattlemen Foundation (Veterinary Scholarship), 176 Pasadena Drive, Lexington, KY 40503. Shannon Funeral Service of Shelbyville, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on Dec. 11, 2014