Clara Ruth Crawford Kimbrell, 89, of Mershon, passed away Sunday morning, February 2, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Born in Patterson, February 23, 1930, she had lived in Pierce County all of her life. She was 1946 graduate of Patterson High School where she had served on the annual staff for the school’s first edition of their yearbook. She was a homemaker, tree farmer and bookkeeper but anyone that knew her knows she was so much more. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and worked hard her whole life even until as recent as a month ago. She was an excellent cook and was known for her many dishes with her fig preserves being high on the list. She also enjoyed gardening as well as flower arranging. She was a longtime member of Mershon Baptist Church where she had served in many capacities over the years especially by teaching Sunday school for which she was recently recognized for 62 years of perfect attendance. In 1999, she made it a point to let people know that if they were struggling with something all they needed was the faith of a mustard seed and to remind them of this she would give them a mustard seed encased in a piece of amber.
She was a daughter of the late Jessie Irvin and Elsie Lorene Harris Crawford. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Oswell “R.O.” Kimbrell and by a brother, Paul Crawford.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Mobley, Mershon; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Linda Kimbrell, Mershon, the Rev. Steve and Regis Kimbrell, Reidsville and Dr. Casey and Angie Kimbrell, Mershon; a sister, Naomi (Morris) Henderson, Waycross; three brothers, Hubert Crawford and Robert Crawford, both of Blackshear and Wayne (Teressa) Crawford, Waycross; 10 grandchildren, Paula (Jimmy) Gray, Cretia Rowell, Anitra (Jamey) Jones, Karissa (Christopher) Todd, Alyson (Will) Repko, Jessica (Thomas) Payne, Dr. Casey (Lisa) Kimbrell Jr., Christopher Kimbrell (Ellen McCuiston), MariClaire Kimbrell and C.J. Bland; eight great-grandchildren, Irvin Gray, Taylor Hale, Dock Allen, Gavin Jones, Elah Young, Matthew Todd, Madison Todd and Harrison Repko and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Mershon Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, from the Mershon Baptist Church.
A private graveside service will be held Wednesday afternoon.
The family kindly requests that members of the Senior Adult Sunday school class as well as the Deacons of Mershon Baptist serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to please meet at the church by 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Mershon Baptist Church, 1771 Mershon Road, Mershon, GA 31551
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.