William Ardrey Kimbrough

April 19, 2022

CHARLOTTE – William Ardrey Kimbrough died peacefully on April 19, 2022, at his home in Charlotte.  He was born in Charlotte on December 7, 1942, to John Thomas Kimbrough and Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough. 

Bill grew up in Davidson and graduated from North Mecklenburg High School, where he served as student body president.  He was a graduate and lifetime supporter of his beloved college, Campbell University.  At Campbell, he made dear lifelong friends.  His career in marketing led him to Travelers Insurance Company and then to Purolator Courier Corp. as an account executive.

On June 27, 1978, he married Royce Ann Williams.  They lived in Charlotte until they built a home on Lake Norman in 1984.  They enjoyed their home on the lake with friends and family until moving to their cottage at Aldersgate Retirement Community in 2019.

In retirement, Bill was instrumental in building a new branch of the Cornelius Public Library on  land donated by his family.  For many years, Bill worked at and then chaired the Bethel Presbyterian Church barbecue for missions; he loved its support of Barium Springs Home for Children (now Children's Hope Alliance).  Bill was a member of several Presbyterian Church USA congregations where he served as an elder and chaired many committees.

Bill is survived by his wife Royce; his siblings, John Kimbrough and his wife Carol of Rockville, MD, Patty Kimbrough King and her husband Richie and Lawrence Kimbrough and his wife Tish of Davidson, NC; and his brothers-in-law, Jerry Williams and his wife Linda and Mark Williams and his wife Dianne of Wake Forest, NC.  Also surviving are his many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews: Dr. Lunsford King and children Ella, Ali, and Kate King; Mary Kim Folds and her husband Jim and children James and Mary Patrick Folds; Dr. John Kimbrough; Patrick Kimbrough; Will Kimbrough and his wife Colleen and children Mary Ardrey, Thomas, and Annie Kimbrough; Elise Williams Mooney and her husband Jon and  children Benjamin and Natalie  Williams; Alan Williams; and Sarah Williams Verlinger and her husband Nick.  He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts Alice and Betty Stough,  in-laws Roy and Edith Williams, and nephew Michael Williams.

The family would like to thank Dr. Geoffrey Rose, Ashley Moore Gibbs, and Lisa Blocher of  Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute for their many years of compassionate and outstanding health care for Bill.  The family would also like to thank the staff at the Aldersgate Clinic.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 6, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.  The service will be livestreamed at https://firstprescharlotte.online.church/ for those unable to attend in person.

Memorials may be offered in memory of Bill to Children's Hope Alliance, PO Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010 or First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Tom and Linda Skinner

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Although time and distance had separated us, we always cherish the memories of our fellowship together. I always think of Bill when I hear the Statler Brothers on the radio. You and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom and Linda Skinner

  • Cozette Stacy Nowak

    I am sorry for your loss of Bill. I learned of his passing from JoAnn (Cantrell) on Tuesday. Your years together were many, providing wonderful and varied memories, I’m sure. May those and your own faith bring comfort and peace to you in Bill’s absence.

  • Susan Gibbs

    Royce, I am praying today that our God will give His peace that passes our understanding. Bill Kimbrough was one of my very favorite friends at Bethel Presbyterian. He was kind, witty, and always friendly. When I think back on my earliest days (1986) at Bethel, Bill comes to mind as the most welcoming person. Thanking God for the life of an amazing man, Bill Kimbrough.

  • Jack and Diane Sommer

    We are saddened at the passing of our dear neighbor. For thirty years we exchanged greetings at the mailbox and ruminated on politics of the day from Weavers Circle to the entire globe. William had an acute eye for the absurd and the capacity for humor to make it visible in gentle way. Carry on old friend.