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Mr. C. Daniel Kimbrel

AUGUSTA, Ga.- Mr. C. Daniel Kimbrel, age 54, died March 9, 2004 in Augusta.

Danny, as he was known to his friends, was a native of Thomson. He was the son of the late M. Monroe Kimbrel and Nita Matlock Kimbrel of Thomson. Mr. Kimbrel grew up in Thomson, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, was educated in the public schools of Thomson and graduated from Wofford College and from the Rutgers School of Banking.

Following his graduation from college and military service in the United States Army, he entered the banking business. He held various management positions with Sarasota Bank & Trust Company, was president of American Bank of Sarasota, and became the youngest president of Ellis Banking Corporation, Sarasota, and later became executive vice president of NCNB for southwest Florida.

He left Florida in 1985 to return to Georgia, where he assumed the presidency of Thomson Oak Flooring Company, a leading manufacturer of oak flooring products, which he headed at the time of his death.

Mr. Kimbrel was a former chairman of American Savings & Loan Association of Miami, was a director of Rockdale Industries, Stone Mountain, of Manatee Fruit Company, Bradenton, Fla. He was also a director of the Georgia Forestry Association, the Georgia Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Thomson, and a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary. He was a past chairman of the board of First Union National Bank of Augusta, and past president of the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association, of the Augusta Golf Association, and of Sacred Heart Cultural Center. He was an avid outdoorsman, a good friend to many, a devoted father.

Mr. Kimbrel is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary Lane Preston Kimbrel, and two sons, Preston Monroe Kimbrel and Charles Daniel Kimbrel, Jr., all of Augusta, plus a sister, Jenny Wood Kimbrel Bunn of Winston-Salem, N.C., and two nieces, Kimbrel Bunn Morris of Charlotte, N.C., and Jane Stephens Bunn of Durham, N.C.

Graveside services were held at Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 2 p.m. with The Rev. P. James Costigan officiating.

Memorial gifts, if desired are suggested to the Community Foundation of the CSRA, P.O. Box 31358, Augusta, Ga., 30903, or to the University Health Care Foundation, Jernigan Cancer Center, 2100 Central Avenue, Suite D-1, Augusta, Ga., 30904.

Pallbearers were John J. Priester, G. John Carey, Whiting H. Preston, James A. Bunn, III, Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr., Clayton P. Boardman, III, Henry B. Garrett, III, Wyckliffe A. Knox, Jr., Robert A. Pattillo, John M. McCarty, and J. Douglas Engler. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew S. Cranford, Daniel A. Duggan, William H. Moretz, Jr., Richard B. Sasnett, Jr., Michael Shlaer, the staff of Thomson Oak Flooring Company, the members of the Augusta Golf Association, and the members of Mr. Kimbrel's business forum.

Platt's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, March 18, 2004

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