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Harry L. Kimrey

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Graveside services for Mr. Harry L. Kimrey, age 79 of Ruston, will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 2 pm on Saturday, November 20, 2010 with Pastor Wayne Evans officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Kimrey passed away at Northern La. Medical Center on Thursday, November 18, 2010, after a brief illness.   He was born March 28, 1931, in Smackover, Arkansas and graduated from Smackover High School.  He attended Southern State University in Magnolia, AR, before joining the U.S. Air Force, where he served as Airman 1st Class during the Korean War.   Harry moved to Ruston in 1959 with his wife Merlene Kegley Kimrey.  He retired in 1998 after 15 years with the state of Louisiana Dept of Elections, where he worked as a voting machine technician. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Merlene Kegley Kimrey; son Paul Kimrey and wife Debbie of Merryville, Tennessee; daughter Denise Kimrey Grigsby of Ruston; son Claude H. Kimrey and wife Jennifer of Choudrant, LA; and son Kenneth W. Kimrey and wife Lisa of Simsboro, LA.    Grandchildren are Paul L. Kimrey Jr. and wife Berit of Little Rock, Arkansas; Joshua N. Kimrey and Jacob D. Kimrey  of Baton Rouge; Samuel D. Kimrey of Opelousas, LA; Tabitha K. Hardel and husband Josh of Merryville, TN; Claudia K. Strozier of Merryville, TN; Leah Kimrey of  Branson, MO; Seth Grigsby  and Jessica Grigsby of Ruston; , Megan K. McCoy and husband Chancey of Ruston; Daniel Kimrey of Ruston; Hunter W. Kimrey and Katie Kimrey of Simsboro;  10 great grandchildren; Brother Robert T. Kimrey and wife Peggy of Smackover, AR; and sisters Marjorie K. Rinehart of Choudrant and Claudelle K. Sutherland of Smackover, AR. Harry was preceded in death by parents Claude L. Kimrey and Daisy Meadows Kimrey of Smackover, AR and son-in-law Jim Grigsby of Ruston. Pallbearers will be his grandsons:  Paul Kimrey Jr., Josh Kimrey, Sam Kimrey, Jacob Kimrey, Hunter Kimrey, Daniel Kimrey and Seth Grigsby. Visitation will be on Friday, November 19, 2010 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston.  The family would like to thank Dr. C. L. Neal, Dr. Tommy Smith,  Dr. Cedo Tamakloe and the ICU staff of Northern LA Medical Center for their care and compassion.  To leave an online message for the family please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com

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