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John Kimbrough

July 12, 1927 — February 17, 2017

John Kimbrough

John Henry Kimbrough, aged 89, of Junction, Texas passed away on February 17, 2017 at his home with his family at his side.
John was born July 12, 1927 in Tell, Texas. He was the son of R.H. and Willie Lee (Rea) Kimbrough. He grew up in Childress, Texas near his favored grandparents, A.T. and Ollie Finch and raised in the Church of Christ.

John joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, and was stationed in San Diego. His greatest memory was sailing on the LCI 552 through the Panama Canal to have it decommissioned in Charleston, S.C., before being discharged in 1946.
While in the Navy he married Doris Pope, who became mother to his first son, Mike. After leaving the Navy, and following divorce from his first wife, he went to work in highway construction as a general laborer and learning to operate equipment.
While working on a job in Cisco, Texas he met Helen Mae Dunnam and they were married January 1, 1949. John followed road jobs from Central Texas to the Texas Panhandle, working for many companies including H.B. Zachary, Gilvin & Terrill, Amarillo Road, Ivan Dement, to name a few. He was a respected blade man and if he needed a job all he had to do was make a phone call. He was also self-employed with his son Monty for 10 years while living in Tulia. After retiring, he and Helen first moved to Chaparral, New Mexico to help daughter Johnna and Dick with their horse farm and going to work for land developer John Colquitt. He then moved back to the Panhandle to Spade, Texas and finally to Junction, to farm son in law Keaton Blackburn's farm on the Llano River where he planted hay and raised Longhorns and Watusi cattle, chicken, geese and quail along with his loyal dogs.

John was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, A.T and Ollie Finch, his half-brother, A.T. Finch, his brother by marriage, Fred Hagler, father, R.H. Kimbrough, mother Willie Lee Kimbrough, son in law, Richard Thomas, son Michael Jo Kimbrough Pope, brother in law James Steffey and beloved little brother, Richard Kimbrough.

John is survived by his loving life partner and wife of 68 years, Helen Mae Dunnam Kimbrough, children; Johnna Kay (Keaton) Blackburn, Paulette Newlin, Connie Kimbrough, Candy (Martin) Poduska and Monty Kimbrough, 14 grandchildren; Tonya Johnson, John Thomas, Chris Thomas and Angie Spann, Paula Kay Curry, James (Bo) Atkins, Laci Newlin, Jimmy Page, Alethia DeBerry, Shelby Montgomery, Elliot Poduska, Stephanie Poduska, Justin Kimbrough and Monica Kimbrough. 28 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, sister Billie Faye Steffey, and sister in law, Alynda Kimbrough, nephews; Mike Finch, Harold (Buzz) Hagler and James Steffey, nieces; Sherry Lynch, Johnna Kay Hale, Fredda Eastep, Rhonda Kimbrough, Traci Epps, Nicki Kimbrough and Rochelle Kimbrough and many other cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel with Harold Hagler officiating. Interment will follow in the Junction City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 5-7:00 PM, Monday at Kimble Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kimble Funeral Home.

Visitation Schedule

Kimble Funeral Home
1010 College Street
Junction, TX  76849
Monday, February 20, 2017
5-7 PM
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Kimble Funeral Home Chapel
1010 College Street
Junction, TX  76849
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
2 PM
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Junction City Cemetery
Junction, TX  76849
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