Florence, SC, - Curtis Cavney Kimbrell, Jr. 94, passed away, July 16, 2017.
Born in Gastonia, NC, he was the son of the late Curtis C. Sr. and Carolyn Carter Kimbrell.
He was predeceased by his wife, Louise Drakeford Kimbrell; his sisters and brother, Haidee Richardson (Mrs J.V.), Jean Hovis (Mrs Frank), W. Duke Kimbrell and his former wife, Martha Gray Long Kimbrell.
“C” is survived by his children, Carolyn Paul and husband, Sonny, of Florence, SC, William D. Kimbrell and wife, Sue, of Houston, TX., and Curtis C. Kimbrell, III and wife, Julia, of Myrtle Beach, SC.; by his grandchildren, Rebecca Curry and husband, Dan, of New Orleans, LA, William D. Kimbrell, II and wife, Tracy, of Raleigh, NC, Louise Lindsay and husband, Lucas, of Knoxville, TN and Robert G. Kimbrell of Columbus, OH; by his great grandchildren, Eliza and Alex Lindsay, Paul and Sophia Curry and Duke Kimbrell; by his step children, Dianne McKenzie and husband, Scott, of Isle of Palms, SC, Meredith Drakeford and wife Rosemary, of Sumter, SC, and Michael Drakeford and wife, Dianne, of Sumter, SC; by his step grandchildren Clyatt Brady and husband, Travis, Morgan Drakeford and wife, Allison Hope, Hamilton Davis, Lauren Ronk and husband, Travis, Connie Whitt and husband, Shawn, Daniel Drakeford, and Nathan Drakeford; by his step great grandchildren Quinn and Noah Brady, Mary Elise and Olivia Drakeford, and Catherine and Meredith Whitt. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Kathy Martin, David Hovis, Lyn Triplett, Pam Warlick, and Shepard Halsch.
Mr. Kimbrell was a life long member of the Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. Growing up in Gastonia, he was a football star for Gaston High School and went on to play while attending Clemson University. He remained an avid Tiger fan throughout his life.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as an officer piloting C 47s in China, Burma and India. His 30 year career was spent in the retail home furnishings industry as an executive with Kimbrell's Inc. in Sumter SC and Charlotte, NC. Later he and his wife, Louise, owned and operated Waynesville Furniture in Waynesville, NC. They retired and remained in Waynesville, enjoying golf and mountain life until returning to Sumter to be near family. Going to the Sumter Coffee Club was a highlight whenever he was in Sumter.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to McLeod Hospice House, P O Box 100551, Florence, SC or Methodist Manor, 2100 Twin Church Road, Florence, SC 29501 or a charity of your choice.
Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto Street, is assisting the family with
You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.laytonandersonfh.com
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When I was a child, my Dad (Moody Huggins) worked at Kimbrell's Furniture Store and I have many memories of visiting the store. The one which stands out the most is how Mr. Kimbrell always took time to speak to me, no matter how busy he was. It appears he lived a long, happy life. My thoughts are with your family.
Submitted by Kimberly Huggins Dault on Jul 21 2017 09:09:59 AM
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