Obituary: Irvin Freese Kimmer, Jr.

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Irvin Freese Kimmer, Jr., of Batesville, Arkansas, departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the age of 68.

He was born Sept. 19, 1951, in Batesville, Arkansas, and grew up there, graduating from Batesville High School in 1969.

Following high school, he attended Arkansas College, then University of Arkansas, before graduating from the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 1974.

Kimmer spent 39 years working as a Pharmacist for Harris Hospital, Newport Hospital, and Batesville Kroger until his retirement in 2014.

He was an Eagle Scout and enjoyed duck hunting and trout fishing. He was active in his community and participated in Habitat for Humanity.

Kimmer was an active member of the First United Methodist Church at Batesville.

Over the years, he served as a past trustee and was a member of the United Methodist Men. He generously donated his time helping build ramps for those who needed them, and since 2012 had served Saturday Morning Breakfast.

Kimmer was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Freese Kimmer, Sr. in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janine (Waldrip) Kimmer of the home; his mother, Lucille Johnson Kimmer Maris of Batesville, Arkansas; one son, Dr. William Freese Kimmer, and wife, Emily, of Milan, Tennessee; one daughter, Renee Kimmer Pearson, and husband, Rob, of Little Rock, Arkansas; two grandchildren, C.J. Pearson and Ben Kimmer; one step-brother, Rhett Maris and wife, Jan, of Newport, Arkansas; and a lifetime of friends.

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Batesville, with interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Friends may visit at the church, Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. until service.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Mike Wilson, Roger Barker, Dr. Jim Davis, Billy Prickett, Dr. Stan Taylor, and Rob Pearson.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the First United Methodist Men, and The First United Methodist Breakfast Crew.

Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

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