William “Bill” Kimble of Waco, Texas, passed away on June 14th, 2019. He was born on September 14th, 1945, in Uvalde, Texas, to Gussie and Paul Kimble. He graduated from Baylor University with his Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and his Juris Doctor in 1969 and worked for more than 25 years at Lone Star Legal Aid, where he dedicated his life to providing legal representation, education, and advocacy to underserved communities in Texas. He worked for many years on pro bono and civil rights cases, becoming a tenacious advocate for the poorest of the poor. In 2008, the Baylor Public Interest Legal Society established the Bill Kimble Service Award, which is given annually to the two students at Baylor Law who have accumulated the most hours in the Pro Bono and Public Service program.
Bill was a beloved and pugnacious lawyer, always fighting for the disadvantaged. “He was a very down-to-earth, warm, and wonderful lawyer,” stated Joshua G. Borderud, Director of the Veterans Clinic at Baylor Law. “He inspired countless Baylor Law students with his trailblazing work on behalf of those in need. I was honored to call him my friend.” Baylor is going to miss him very much, and we appreciate all that he did for his alma mater over the years.
Memorial donations may be made to Living Word Food Pantry, 1005 Dunbar Ave, Waco, TX 76704, 254-799-3796; or to Baylor Law for the Bill Kimble Service Award, by mailing a check to Baylor Law with “Bill Kimble” in the memo line.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Ralph, Kenneth, and Charles Kimble; and granddaughter, Isabella Sofia Peralta. He is survived by his brother, Roy Kimble; son, David Kimble; two daughters, Miranda De La Garza of Laredo and Rachel Peralta of Arlington; and four grandchildren.
A visitation was held on Tuesday, June 18th, at the Chapel of Serenity at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home of Uvalde. A funeral service was held on June 19th at First Baptist Church of Uvalde, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.
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