|Eldridge Eugene (Gene) Kimble was born on December 8, 1924 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and died on April 25, 2002 in his hometown. His parents were Alvin and Ida Kimble and he had two sisters, Winnie and Georgie and a brother Claude. Gene never married but loved his nephews and nieces like they were his own children. In addition, Gene counted his clergy friends and those in his churches as his family.
In 1971, while he was still employed by the Exxon Corporation and active in the Ingleside United Methodist Church, Gene began serving churches in the Louisiana Conference as a Part-time Lay Pastor. Eventually he became a Full Time Lay Pastor and then an Associate Member of the Louisiana Conference. His pastorates included First United Methodist Church, Donaldsonville; First United Methodist Church, Columbia; Hebert; Crew Lake; and Reveille.
Gene was retired from the U. S. Air Force and a veteran of World War II. He was active m many civic organizations and particularly loved the Little Theater. You were never surprised when you saw Gene on the stage in a performance. Shortly before his death, he had been inducted into the Baton Rouge Little Theater Hall of Fame.
Gene’s ministry was characterized by a tremendous love for people, which was in turn reciprocated. His beautiful white hair made him stand out in a crowd and his easy smile immediately made you comfortable in his presence. He loved to cook for covered dish dinners (always fixing enough food for an “army”) and then he completely enjoyed the eating. He was comfortable in the presence of old and young and always found a Common thread of interest to share in conversation. I thank God for the blessing of having known Gene and having served in ministry with him. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 2002, pages 264, by Marie Williams.|