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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Kimbrell starred as a center on the Lipscomb men's basketball team from 1982 through 1986 after arriving on the Lipscomb campus from the tiny town of West Point, Tenn. He excelled as a center while a member of the Bison teams and led them to a then school record 109 wins and two national tournament appearances.
Kimbrell was named an NAIA All-American in 1985 and 1986 becoming the first Lipscomb player to earn NAIA First Team All-American honors in 1986. During that same senior year, he led the Bisons to their first-ever NAIA National Championship and was named the MVP of the tournament. In 2002, Kimbrell was inducted into the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of the important role he played in elevating Lipscomb University to national prominence on the NAIA scene.
"John was a great competitor and an even better teammate," said Lipscomb Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson. "He was a high energy person on and off the court, and with his friendly nature, he met very few strangers during his days here. John played a huge role in helping to propel Lipscomb onto the national scene, but even with all of his success, he was remained humble and approachable throughout his career.
"The news of his death makes for a sad day on Lipscomb's campus. But the memories that so many of us have of him, his love for his teammates and for Bison basketball will continue to bring a smile to our face in years to come. Our prayers and love are with his entire family as we share in this loss with them."
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 at Loretto Memorial Chapel in Loretto, Tenn. Visitation will be from 2-6 Sunday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House and to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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