Funeral services for John C. Kimbrough, 84, of Tishomingo, will be 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, located at 202 N. Neshoba, in Tishomingo. The Rev. Michael Dye will be officiating the service. Interment will follow in the Tishomingo Cemetery.
Mr. Kimbrough passed away on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at the Canoe Brook Assisted Living Center in Ardmore. John Calvin Kimbrough was born to the Rev. R.E. “Emmette” Kimbrough and Edna (Wheeler) Kimbrough in Tishomingo on Sept. 17, 1930.
He grew up in “Tish” and as a teenager, became known as a part time barber to his friends. He would open up his father’s barber shop after hours and offer his friends haircuts, shaves and slosh on something that smelled good. Some of them were even “free.” John proudly served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 45th Division in Korea alongside his hometown buddies. Many of whom were lifelong friends. He was a graduate of Murray State College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he received his degree in Elementary Education. John married Martha Trotter, his childhood sweetheart on Oct. 4, 1969. They shared the beginning of their wonderful life together in Hobbs, N.M., where John started his first teaching job. He later accepted a position working with his older brother in Chinle, Ariz., where he and Martha began a memorable career on a Navajo Indian Reservation, teaching, coaching and later becoming principal. While on the Reservation, John became a “self-taught” accomplished silversmith and has created many artistic pieces of silver jewelry.
Moving back to Oklahoma in 1980, he taught school in Valliant, Lone Grove and Dickson. After retirement, John was a substitute teacher at the high school in Tishomingo. He served on the Tishomingo City Council and as Vice-Mayor. He was active in the Lions Club and had a true spirit of giving. He is a member of the United Methodist Church in Tishomingo and became a charter member of “The Terrific 10+”. The family would like to thank this group for their service, friendship and love to him.
John loved to paint with oils, grow and can tomatoes, and bake delicious pies for everyone, but most of all, he loved to fish and tell stories to friends at the Dairy Queen coffee shop.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Madeline Key and Mary Hau; and brothers, Roland E. “Stud” Kimbrough Jr. and Charles R. Kimbrough.
John is survived by his dedicated and devoted wife, Martha; son, Charles Wesley and wife, Cindy Kimbrough of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Lucas and wife, Jessica, Katie Dale and Adam Smith and wife, Kristen; great-grandchildren, Miles, Sidney and Lily; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and caring friends.
A special thank you to all their wonderful friends at Ardmore Retirement Center.
Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Tishomingo Lions Club.
Visitation and viewing for Mr. Kimbrough will begin on Thursday morning with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening.
Memorials may be made in John’s name to the Murray State College Athletic Department at One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, OK 73460.
Under the direction of Clark Funeral Service of Tishomingo.
Online condolences may be made at clarkfuneralservice.net.