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Gene Harrison Kimbrell, age 81, of White Hall passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born February 23, 1940 in Herbine to the late Sylvester Newton Kimbrell and Virgie Emmaline Payne Kimbrell.... Read More
Gene Harrison Kimbrell, age 81, of White Hall passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born February 23, 1940 in Herbine to the late Sylvester Newton Kimbrell and Virgie Emmaline Payne Kimbrell. One of 12 children, Gene was reared and received his early education in Herbine and Warren. He attended Faith Fellowship Church.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by five brothers Billy Joe Kimbrell, RC Kimbrell, Leon Kimbrell, Hughey Kimbrell, and Grady Kimbrell, two sisters Estelle Works and Delores Williams.
He is survived by his wife Emma Nell Gibson Kimbrell, whom he married February 21, 1964 in Pine Bluff. Also survived by one son, Michael Gene Kimbrell, two granddaughters, Ashley Lanae Kimbrell Porter (Dylan) and Alisha Kimbrell, and one great granddaughter, Paisley Emmaline Porter, all of White Hall. Brothers, W.A. (Martha) Kimbrell and D.H. Kimbrell; Sisters, Birdie Simms (J.P.) and Carmon Walls (Ed).
Gene joined the Marines in 1959 and served his country till 1964. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was a member of the Pine Bluff Masonic Lodge #69.
Prior to opening his own business in 1980, Gene Kimbrell’s Body Shop, he held various other jobs within the autobody repair and automotive field. He certainly found his calling when his shop opened for business. His Body Shop was always full of cars and a waiting list a mile long. Gene was well respected and his reputation for good business was known state wide. A huge number of auto body repairmen got their start with Gene Kimbrell’s Body Shop. And we know that his generosity and admirable work ethic was certainly a positive influence to many that have had the pleasure of having Gene as their boss. He was respected by other body shops in town, and never treated others as competitors, but as friends.
Gene enjoyed many activities. Spending time on the Saline River, hunting, fishing on the Arkansas River, weekends at Swan Lake, horse races, telling wonderful memories around a camp fire, and family gatherings were among his favorites. And it would be wrong to not include John Wayne as a favorite! If you ever walked into the Body shop or sat down for a cup of coffee with Gene, you knew he was a fan of The Duke! He spent many hours with his granddaughters and great granddaughter, and loved them dearly. From being a professional washer pitcher at the family holiday gatherings and hosting quarter pitching games at the Body Shop Christmas parties, Gene loved a tradition. He provided many hams to the workers each Christmas and always had extras for other family members and friends.
A one of a kind Southern gentleman, Gene was generous to a fault. His kindness touched so many. The Body Shop logo hats, worn by so many throughout Arkansas and beyond said “although we met by accident”. However, we don’t believe anything is by accident. It was a blessing to know him. Thank you, Possum, for all of the memories. You are a hero to many.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 8th, 5:30 p.m., at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 9th, 1:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home, Pine Bluff.
Interment will follow in Prosperity Cemetery in Herbine.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Morse, BJ Williams, Robert McCann, Rocky Kimbrell, Josh Kimbrell, and Hunter Porter.
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