Charles ‘Papa Bear’ Denver Kimble Sr.

Published 8:40 pm Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Charles “Papa Bear” Denver Kimble Sr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

Charles is preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, the late Betty Smith Kimble; Deborha A. Kimble; his son Charles D. Kimble (Lorie); his parents Harvey Arthur Kimble and Dezylee McAllister Kimble; and his siblings H. Eugene Kimble and Linda K. Vincent.

He is survived by his son Michael D. Kimble (Leslie); grandchildren, Anthony D. Kimble, Christopher H. Kimble, Jeremy M. Kimble, Christine K. Kimble, Stephanie Kimble and Zackary A. Kimble; his eight great-grandchildren; and siblings James C. Kimble and Houston M. Kimble (Dianne) of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Mary Martha K. DeGrassey of Kenner, Louisiana, Bobbie K. Crosby of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi, and K. Diane K. Portor of Brookhaven, Mississippi.

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Charles worked as a superintendent at Dixie Machine and Welding in New Orleans. He enjoyed rebuilding and restoring antique cars. He was also skilled at restoring and repairing anything he got his hands on. He was a valued member of his family and loved by all. Charles was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, and father-in-law. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, with a service beginning at 11 a.m. at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, Louisiana, 70001. Internment will take place after the services at Garden of Memories Cemetery. To express online condolences, please visit