James William Kimbrell Sr.
Loving father, grandfather and brother, James W. "Jim" Kimbrell Sr., went to be with his Lord and Savior during the afternoon hours of Saturday, Feb. 22, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dan Thaler, of Bandera. He was born on Feb. 8, 1939, to Ethel Forest Holt and William Brown Kimbrell of San Antonio.
Jim attended school in South San Antonio where he met his high school sweetheart, Betty Jo Fryar. The couple married in 1956. They were about to celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary when Betty was called to be with her Lord last fall.
Jim and Betty loved to travel and made many RV trips to Alaska, Canada and all over the western and northwestern United States during their retirement. In addition, Jim was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and owned and rode motorcycles all of his life.
The couple's greatest joy was, of course, their extended and loving family.
Jim was a long time resident of Bandera where he was retired from two different lifelong careers and passions, the United States Air Force and law enforcement.
He enlisted in the Air Force in 1956 and served honorably for 21 years. His military service took him to duty stations all over the world where he witnessed many important conflicts and near conflicts.
Jim served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was a jet fighter mechanic, crew chief-tech sergeant and ultimately served as an inspector for quality maintenance inspections on many flight lines across the country.
After retiring from the air force, Jim embarked on a career in law enforcement. He worked in the Terrell Hills Police Department as a patrol officer and then as a patrol sergeant in Castle Hills. Jim also served in the Bandera Police Department as sergeant, lieutenant and then chief deputy.
In 2001, he retired as deputy commander of the Narcotics Division Task Force in Kerrville.
Jim was a member of the VFW; Masons, where he achieved 37th degree Scottish Rite; and the Alazafar Shriners.
He is survived by his son, James W. Kimbrel Jr. of Bandera and his wife, Cherry; and daughter Katherine E. Thaler and her husband, Daniel, all of Bandera; siblings, Jean R. Kutzer of Castroville and Belden F. McPike of Houston; five loving grandchildren, Danny Thaler of Boerne, Amanda Popham of Bandera, Savanah Thaler of Lubbock, Nathaniel Thaler of Bandera and Misty Kimbrell of Austin; and four great-grandchildren, Landon and Connor Popham and Case and Cayleigh Thaler, all of Bandera.
Viewing will be from 6 pm to 8 pm, Saturday March 1, at Vaughan's Funeral Home of Boerne, 319 E. San Antonio Street. Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Sunday, March 2, also at Vaughan's.