Niagara Gazette

Obituaries

June 14, 2014

Theodis Kimble

NIAGARA FALLS — Theodis "Sonny" Kimble went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The oldest of five children through the union of the late Eugene "Mike" Kimble and Polly Earlie (Petty) Kimble, was born in Carrollton, MS on Saturday, July 3, 1920.

He attended local schools in Mississippi and migrated to Niagara Falls, NY in 1942. Mr. Kimble served his country as a private, squad leader and a corporal in the United States Army from 1943-1945 in Japan, the Philippines and the Asiatic Pacific regions during World War II. He returned to Niagara Falls after an honorable discharge from the Army and was united in holy matrimony to Lillie Griffin Thomas in 1946.

Theodis Kimble was employed at the Carborundum Company in 1942. When he             returned from the service, he continued his employment there from 1945 until his retirement  in 1980.

Mr. Kimble received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior as a young man in Mississippi. He began Bible studies under Dr. DeHahn and received his New York State GED. He continued his academic studies and graduated from Niagara County Community College with an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration in 1972.

With a deep knowledge of the Bible, he joined the New Hope Baptist Church in 1955 and was the Superintendent of the Sunday school and a member of the adult choir. Ordained a Deacon in 1957 by Rev. H. Edward Whittaker, he continued his commitment to God when he, along with others, decided to establish the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 1962.

As a founding member of Mt. Zion, he continued in his roles as a Deacon, Superintendent of the Sunday school and a member of the adult choir. Later he became a member of Dominion Life Christian Center under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Kenneth Cobham and Pastor Dr. Sandra Cobham.

Theodis was actively involved in the Niagara Falls community. He was also employed by the City of Niagara Falls as a supervisor of several youth programs in the north end area of the city, under the Niagara Community Action Program (NiaCap).

From 1970-1980, Mr. Kimble was the President and Executive Director of the former Tract II   Betterment, Inc., a multi-purpose center that housed 14 agencies in the city's north end.

Theodis was the recipient of several awards and citations for academics and community service, such as the Academic Achievement Award from the Carborundum Company, the Regional Hypertension Education Screening and Follow-up Project Certificate of Appreciation, the Levy Brothers' Community  Service Award, the Niagara County Black Achiever's Humanitarian Award, and the Niagara County Black Achiever's Visionary Award.

He was a member of the NAACP, the Niagara County Black Achievers and the Regional        Hypertension Education Screening Committee.

Besides his wife, Lillie, he leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Renae Kimble, Niagara Falls, Lymuel Bowden, Niagara Falls, and Germaine (James) Miller, Texas. He was also the proud grandfather of two grandsons, Senior Airman Theodis J. Miller and Captain Garrick J. Miller, both in the U.S. Air Force. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by all of his siblings, Eugene Kimble, Temple Hills, MD, Eva Kimble Smith, Washington, D.C., Rufus Kimble, Niagara Falls, and E. Pauline Kimble Walker, Niagara Falls.

The services were officiated by Apostle Dr. Kenneth Cobham of Dominion Life Christian      Center on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Arrangements were made by the WILLIAMSON  FUNERAL HOME, 635 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY.

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