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Weldon Hall "Red" Kimball, 84, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Sunday night, May 22, 2011.
Mr. Kimball was born September 5, 1926, to the late James Plummer Kimball and Mae Byrd Knott Kimball in Clarksville, Mecklenberg County, Virginia. He was the last surviving member of his family. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, James P. Kimball, Jr., Edward Franklin Kimball, William Kimball and Charles Leonard Kimball; two sisters, Mildred Love Kimball and Dorothy Kimball Clenney; and a special nephew, Cliff Tucker.
Mr. Kimball was married to Doris Betty Daughtridge Kimball. They were married December 2, 1951, in Rocky Mount and they spent many wonderful and happy years together. Mrs. Kimball preceded Mr. Kimball, in death, on July 12, 2007.
Mr. Kimball was the epitome of a gracious, kind, and well-mannered Southern gentlemen. He was known for his kindness, generosity, love for and devotion to his numerous friends and family members. Mr. Kimball was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his precious family. The light and joy of his life was his only daughter, Jo Kimball Green, his son-in-law, Bobby and his two grandsons, Rob and Matt Green, who will always cherish the many precious memories of their beloved Granddaddy "Red". He was proud of his only precious great-granddaughter, Little Miss Parker Green.
Mr. Kimball was a graduate of Kenbridge High School, in Kenbridge, Virginia and he attended Louisburg College for two years. He served in the United States Navy, in Deland and Jacksonville, Florida for 2 1/2 years, in 1944 – 1946.
Mr. Kimball was an outstanding and well-respected salesman. Over the years, he was employed by several well-known companies, such as Seaboard Coffee Company, Liggett-Myers Tobacco Company, and American Home Products Company from 1962 to 1991. He was Vice-President of Sales for Kenan Transport Company of Chapel Hill, NC. After his retirement, he was a business/sales consultant and one of the founding members of a funeral home in Rocky Mount. He was serving as a director for First Carolina Bank of Rocky Mount, at the time of his death.
Mr. Kimball was a member of First Methodist Church of Rocky Mount, where he has served as a Sunday School teacher, President of the Men's Bible Class and as a member of the Church Board. Mr. Kimball was a Master Mason and member of the Corinthian Lodge 230 in Rocky Mount.
Mr. Kimball loved the game of golf and he was an avid player, before his heath began to decline in recent years. He was a past member of Benvenue Country Club, a member of Birchwood Country Club and a past Club Champion at Maccripine Country Club.
Honoring Mr. Kimball's memory are his daughter, Jo Kimball Green and son-in-law, Bobby F. Green of Rocky Mount; his grandson, Robert Weldon "Rob" Green, and his wife, Jamie Cannon Green of Wilmington; his grandson, Matthew Lawrence "Matt" Green of Alexandria, Virginia and his fiancée, Eva Masroor; one great-granddaughter, Parker Green of Wilmington; and his nephew, Woody Tucker and his wife, Faye of Henderson, NC.
The family would like to thank the many special friends, who were so faithful in their attention to Mr. Kimball, with many acts of kindness and friendship over the past years, when his health began to decline. He loved all the times he got to spend with all of you and all the wonderful times of fun and fellowship you provided.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to three very special, loving, caring and devoted care-givers, Mrs. Ida Hargrove, Mrs. Nora Small, and Ms. Jean Smith and to Ms. Kay Kirk for her many acts of kindness, help, and care.
A special acknowledgement of gratitude goes to the staff at Wake-Med Cardio-Vascular Care, Raleigh Dialysis and Dr. Tim Smith for years of care, support and help to the family.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2:00p.m. at First Methodist Church of Rocky Mount, with the Reverend Bob Bergland, officiating. Interment will follow in Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount with Masonic Rites.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home in Rocky Mount.
Flowers are welcome or donations may be made, in Mr. Kimball's memory, to First Methodist Church, 100 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount NC 27804 or to the
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on May 25, 2011