John Robert Kimbrough
Dec. 14, 1984 - May 16, 2023
Funeral services for John Robert Kimbrough, 38, of Meadville, were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven with the Rev. Brady Nelson officiating with assistance from the Rev. Calvin Cosnahan, the Rev. Marvin Howard, the Rev. David Cox, the Rev. Dr. Leon Smith, Dr. Elmo P. Gabbert and Mississippi U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Interment was in Franklin County’s Midway Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2023, at Franklin Funeral Home in Meadville, and from 10 a.m., until the time of service on Saturday, May 20 at Faith Presbyterian Church.
He was born to Robert Earle “Bob” Kimbrough and Doris Lynn “Susie” Hollinger Kimbrough on Dec. 14, 1984, in Flowood, and passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at his residence in Meadville.
A life-long resident of Meadville, John’s education began at home, where he developed a strong and conscientious work ethic, learned to think creatively and to approach problem solving with tenacity.
He went on to become a life-long learner, demonstrating initiative and diligently applying himself to pursue his goals. He obtained his CDL license and worked as a shop assistant at Herring Gas Co.
He was also self-employed as a property manager and landscaper.
In everything he did, he worked as unto the Lord. Trust in God’s faithfulness was a hallmark of John Robert’s life, and he prioritized time in God’s Word.
He found great joy in singing, and playing the guitar and piano.
He could often be found serving at church and community events, and was never too busy to help a friend.
Despite the challenges he faced, he was a persistent purveyor of kindness and joy.
Throughout his life, his character reflected a level of maturity that was beyond his years. He was pure in heart and gentle in spirit.
John Robert was no respecter of persons and he had the ability to make everyone feel loved and special.
He remembered names and faces with ease, and if he said he would pray for you, he did.
God heard and answered those prayers borne out of a simple and sincere faith.
John Robert joins his sisters, Angela Joy and Emily Parker Kimbrough, who preceded him through death into eternal life.
Survivors include his parents; his siblings, Holli (Pascal) Bizarro of Bowling Green, Ohio, Lindsay (Allin) Alexander (Katie) Kimbrough of Little Rock, Ark., and Anna Grace (Nathan) Shideler of Franklin, Tenn.; and his nephews and nieces, Parker and Annabella Bizarro, Lilah and Olivia Kimbrough, and Emily, Shepard, Micah, Lynlee and Mary Alice Shideler. He also leaves behind a multitude of treasured friends — young and old, near and far.
To know John Robert was to love him, and to be known by him was to have a taste of God’s love personally delivered.
His life was not as long as some, but he filled it, one day at a time, with things that matter — love for God, love for neighbors, integrity, humility, faith, kindness, determination, service and joy.
He will be remembered with great fondness and will be sorely missed until we see him again. In his unassuming and gentle ways, he crafted a legacy of vast and deep impact that will continue to touch and inspire us all for the rest of our lives.
Gifts in his honor can be directed to Faith Presbyterian Kindergarten through online donations at: fpkbrookhaven.org/donate or by mail to: P.O. Box 5090, Brookhaven, MS, 39603. Please include the note “For FPK — in memoriam of John Robert Kimbrough.”
Thank you for the gift of being part of John Robert’s life. He loved you.
Thank you for celebrating his life with us.
Online condolences can be shared at www.franklinfh.com.
Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville was in charge of arrangements.
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