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William Brewster ‘Bill’ Kinman, Jr.

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William Brewster “Bill” Kinman, Jr., 84, passed away July 30, 2010. He died of complications from strokes suffered in February.

He is survived by his wife Caroline Kinman; two sons, William Brewster Kinman III and wife Martha of Ruston; Samuel Mark Kinman and wife Connie of Rutherfordton, NC; daughter, Susan Freeman and husband Mike of Ruston; eight grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Gloria Willis Kinman of 25 years who died May 4th, 1976; his brother, Willie Eugene “Buck” Kinman; sister, Thelma “Mae” McAllister; and great great granddaughter Avery Anna Green.

Bill was born in Ruston, June 15, 1926 and lived in Ruston his entire life. He served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific theatre and was a gunner on the USS Rednour. Bill was a Master Mason in good standing for fifty years of Ruston Lodge No. 106. During the last few months of his life, before suffering strokes, he immensely enjoyed spending time with WWII veterans at the VA hospital in Shreveport each Wednesday.

He served as pastor of Ansley Union Church, Vernon Baptist Church, and Mt. Zion Baptist Church during 1970 and 1980.

Many Ruston residents bought produce from “Bill’s Produce Market” of which he was owner and operator, along with his wife Caroline, for the past twenty-five years. Visiting with customers was a joy to him and giving away as much produce as he sold, many remember.
Studying the Bible, serving others, giving when needs arose, cooking for and spending time with his family and his German shepherd, Angus, were some of the things he enjoyed most in life.

Funeral services will be 10 s.m. Monday, August 2, 2010 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston. Interment will follow at Prospect Cemetery in Clay under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Prospect Cemetery Fund, Clay, LA. Mail to: Chris Haughton, 2650 Riser Road, Ruston, LA 71270.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com

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