Rolla E. Kimzey, 86, Nevada, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada, following a short illness. He was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Saline County, Kan., the son of Samuel Veniles Kimzey and Emma Royder Kimzey. He married Pearl O. Stone on June 1, 1943, in El Dorado Springs, and she survives of the home.
He grew up in Vernon and Cedar counties and went to the Coal Hill School. During World War II he worked for the CCC working on various highways and a dam construction site in Rolla, Mo. He moved to Nevada with his family in 1961 from Roscoe. He was a self-employed carpenter, painter, mechanic andfarmer. He was a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church in Nevada. Where he was a deacon for several years and was later made an honorary deacon.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Pearl, include two children, Robert Kimzey and Shirley Heathman, both of Nevada; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepmother; one infant brother; one sister, Ada Banning; and one son, Otis "Bud" Kimzey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. David Landwehr officiating. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends Monday evening, April 18, from 7-8 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home.
Those who wish may contribute to the Pine Street Baptist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home.