Ralph J. Kimble
Ralph Jeffrey Kimble, 81, of Uvalde died on March 25, 2019, in Uvalde.
A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Uvalde. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
He was born on June 17, 1937, in Carrizo Springs to Gussie (Jeffrey) and Paul Morton Kimble. He was the first of five sons born to the couple.
Eight years later the family moved to Uvalde where his father was a chiropractor. They attended First Baptist Church.
He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1955, and enrolled in Texas Chiropractic College. After his college graduation in 1961, he served for two years in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Korea.
On July 2, 1966, he married Bertha Chapoy in Uvalde. The couple shared their Christian faith and service with various churches in the region. Kimble was a deacon in each church they served and sang tenor in the church choirs, and she was often the church pianist.
The family says loving others was his highest calling; he was a humble servant of others and a man of simple and honest faith. He held everyone in high regard and never looked down on anyone no matter their circumstances or position in life.
Kimble practiced as a chiropractor in Uvalde from 1966 until the early 1990s. He also worked at Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in the service departments beginning in the 1970s, but remained bi-vocational as a chiropractor throughout those years.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years; and son, Paul Kimble and wife, Allison, all of Uvalde; two brothers, William Kimble of San Antonio and Roy Kimble and wife, Cheryl, of Cedar Park; two sisters-in-law, Marty Kimble of Dayton, Ohio, and Frances Perez of Uvalde; two grandchildren, Bethany Rankin and husband, Clay, of Woodlands and Brian Kimble of College Station; and great-grandchild, Stephen Connor Rankin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Charlie Kimble and Ken Kimble.
Pallbearers will be Ron Miller, Julio Valdez, Alvis Jeffcoat, Wayne Whiteaker, Dr. Rick Machen, Dr. Steve Cox and Mark McBride.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the deacon body at First Baptist Church of Uvalde.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com