Obituaries for Sun., March 8, 2015

Published 7:18 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015


Libby LeEtta Kimbro died Fri., March 6, 2015, in a Brewton hospital. She was 92.

She was born in Florala, and lived most of her adult life in Kinston. She was a 1941 graduate of Georgiana High School. For many years, she was Kinston’s postmaster, and retired with 40 years of service with the U.S. Post Office.

After her retirement, she served on the Kinston Town Council, to which she was appointed by Gov. Fob James.

She was a lover of nature and was known for her work in the outdoors. Her yard was a showplace, and she attributed it to her decades of efforts “building good dirt.”

She prided herself on having been known as the “Annie Oakley of Kinston,” for her skills with her “pearl-handled pistol,” which she developed while shooting water moccasins on her pond property while waiting six weeks for the shotgun she had ordered to be delivered.

Determination was another of her strong suits. On the occasion of her 70th birthday she walked 15 miles just to prove she still could.

Although she was among the youngest of her siblings, she considered herself the family matriarch, and spent much time with her nieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren. She considered it her personal responsibility to teach each generation how to work, especially in the yard. For more than 50 years, she hosted a family reunion on Easter Sunday that few family members dared ever miss.

Her home was filled with books, magazines about health and nature, and newspapers, primarily those published by members of her family. She enjoyed reading the Bible and non-fiction works, claiming she never read any fiction “that was better than what I could make up in my own mind.”

She was of the Primitive Baptist faith, and attended Union Primitive Baptist Church in Andalusia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elder Jessie Lee and Olive Etta (Heath) Kimbro; and her siblings, Lucile Kimbro Woodham McRae; Pauline Kimbro Cox McGee; Ina Maude Kimbro Monk, Hester Kimbro Morgan; Jutilda Kimbro Salter Binzel; Jerome Kimbro; Valeria Kimbro; and Onaz Kimbro.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Larry (Merle) Woodham of Florala, Ferrin (Heddy) Cox of Elba, Glenda (Don) Young of Warner Robins, Ga., Linetta (Ben) McCune of Tallahassee, Sammie Raines of Crestview; Tim (Judy) McGee of Florala, Pam (Tom) Thompson of Paxton, Barbara Alice (Jimmie) Maddox of Brewton, Melanie (Dan) Morris of Montgomery, Jan Dunaway of Brewton, Roddy (Sally) Salter of Pace, Fla., Gregory (Sharon) Salter of Hobart, Okla., Mickey (Rita) Salter of Flomaton, and Tena Kimbro Jackson of Dothan.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Mon., March 9, 2015, at Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Brewton, with Bro. Greg Smith, pastor of Union Primitive Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Babbie.