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Mr. Bernard Kimble, Jr

May 14, 1925 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Mr. Bernard Kimble Obituary



     “Say not in grief 'he is no more' but in thankfulness that he was.” 

Bernard Kimble, Jr. was born on May 14, 1925 in Middlesex County, Virginia to Bernard Kimble, St. and Aleatha Lockley Kimble. He was the eldest of three siblings, Gazelle and Carol

"Boosie" Kimble who both preceded him in death.

Educated in the Philadelphia Public School Systems, Bernard embarked on a patriotic path after high schoo, joining the United States Army on August 12, 1943. He served Honorably in Germany until his discharge.

In June of 1951, Bernard married the love of his life, Sophia Wilhams, of Newberry, SC. Their union blessed them with four sons:

Darrell, Ivan, Marvin and Kelvin.

Bernard worked at Baldwin Ehret Hill mineral fiber insulation out of Valley Forge, PA. His strong desire for entrepreneurship in the funeral industry led him to open B & K.Casket Company at 52nd and Race Streets in Philadelphia. At one point he operated a limo service and monument sales. He along with the help of his wife Sophia and family provided funeral services through the Kimble Funeral Home in West Philadelphia. Still, the Kimble funeral Home has flourished for over 40 years.

In the 1970s Bernard and Sophia were led to a place they could grow in the Word at Bible Way Baptist Church under the pastorship of the founder, the late Reverend McKinley Gaither and now the Reverend Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr. Not only did Bernard serve as a trustee but also as a compassionate funeral home assistant to many Bible Way families.

Bernard was affectionately called by family and friends "Sonny".

He loved to joke around and enjoyed family gatherings. His infectious personality won him numerous friends and associates throughout his

Bernard was preceded in death by his spouse, parents, siblings and nephew Barth. He leaves to cherish his memory his sons: Darrell (Paula), Ivan, Marvin, Kelvin, Sr. and Gregory (Rita); daughter Annette "Cookie" (Rodney); grandchildren: Lamarr (Mosad), Tia, Kevin, Ir., Quonda (Lewis, Kimbra, Ani, Darren (Michelle) and Dustin Jamie); 13 great grandchildren; 3 great - great grands; nece Rita Kimble; nephew Carol "Junie" Kimble, Ir.; great nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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January 12, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bibleway Baptist Church
1323 N 52nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Family Hour
January 13, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Biblieway Baptist Church
1323 N. 52nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Celebration of Life
January 13, 2024

10:00 AM
Bibleway Baptist Church
1323 N 52nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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January 13, 2024

12:00 PM
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
225 Belmont Ave
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


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