Rock Hill – It is with great sadness that we share with you that Dr. Donald “Don” Garold Kimble of Rock Hill passed away the afternoon of Monday, April 30, 2018. Dr. Kimble was a humble servant to his local community, to the larger chiropractic community, and especially to the South Carolina Chiropractic Association, (SCCA).

Dr. Kimble’s family will receive friends on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, May 4, 2018 at Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill with the Reverend Doctor Jeff Hayes officiating.  Burial will immediately follow in  Forest Hills Cemetery, 4290 Old York Road, Rock Hill, SC.

Below is an excerpt on Dr. Kimble from “A History of Chiropractic” in South Carolina:

Upon Completion of his studies at Texas Chiropractic College in Houston, Dr. Donald Kimble and his wife, Joan set off to find a new home. Visits to Dr. Kimble’s brother in Greenville, SC  had given them the opportunity to get acquainted with the amenities for South Carolina. The couple fell in love with the beautiful landscape and marveled at the idea of having the coast and the mountains accessible. In addition, living in South Carolina would put them in the closer proximity to their hometown of New Martinsville, West Virginia. Consequently, in July 1959, the Kimbles made Rock Hill their new home and Kimble Chiropractic Center was born.

Their first practice was established on the corner of College & Cherry Road.  Two years later, they built a new office at 1050 Oakland Avenue and in 1977 erected their current 7,000 square feet clinic at 518 North Avenue.  Having come from a family of 15 chiropractors, Dr. Kimble brought with him to Rock Hill a belief in the healing power of chiropractic, a dedication to professionalism, and a commitment to continuing education.  He and Joan, who has been the Office Administrator, Assistant, and Team Teacher for Parker Foundation, have worked hard to maintain these ideals throughout the years.

For the first 16 years of practice, Dr. Kimble used full spine and meric techniques but was never completely satisfied with the results he was getting.  This nagging dissatisfaction prompted him to sit in on his first Activator Methods Technique class while attending a Parker Seminar in Las Vegas.  Dr. Kimble began to experience great Success with this new method and eventually changed his technique completely over to Activator Methods.  He was one of the only Certified Activator Methods chiropractors in his area and had traveled extensively as an instructor.

Educational backgrounds and numerous professional memberships of Drs. Don and Mark Kimble reflect their dedication to the chiropractic profession.  They feel that keeping in touch with their peers in the profession is one of the best ways to remain current with all the advances in back and neck care.  Dr. Don Kimble is very much respected by the professional community as evidenced by many teaching appointments and requests to provide lectures.  Dr. Don Kimble practiced for 60 years and with his son, Dr. Mark Kimble who will celebrate 35 years working with his beloved Dad on May 7, 2018.  Dr. Don Kimble’s daughter, Dona Jo Kimble Ramsey was a Chiropractic Assistant of 14 years.

Always feeling the need to give back to the profession which has given so muck to them, Dr. Don and Joan Kimble donated $100,000 in 1992 to the Department of Chemical, Bio and Materials Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) to fund a clinical study comparing the biomechanics of the neck in healthy people to those with neck injuries.  The principal investigator for the study was Assistant Professor Gary T. Yamaguchi, Ph.D. at ASU who  worked in collaboration with Dr. Arlan W. Fuhr’s clinic in Phoenix, Arizona to develop a greater understanding of the mechanisms of neck dysfunction following neck injuries by comparing the effectiveness of chiropractic methods, rehabilitative procedures, surgery, and “non-treatment” protocols. Dr. Kimble was elected to the first Class of the South Carolina Chiropractic Hall of Fame 2005, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed to a Doctor of Chiropractic in South Carolina.

Dr. Kimble was a member of Oakland Baptist Church where he was a former deacon, Sunday school teacher, and served on many church committees. Dr. Kimble was born in New Martinsville, WVA and the son of the late Brady Franklin Kimble and the late Wilma Leap Kimble.  In addition to his parents, Dr. Kimble was preceded in death by his brothers, Col. Carl Kimble, Wayne Kimble, Warren L. Kimble, Dr. Clair Kimble, and Dr. James Kimble.

Dr. Kimble is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan Cozart Kimble; his son, Dr. Mark Garold Kimble and his wife, Corinne of Rock Hill; his daughter, Dona Jo Kimble Ramsey and her husband, Don of North Myrtle Beach, SC; his sister, Patricia Kimble Frye; his grandchildren, Dr. Brian Hughes and his wife, Dr. Iva Hughes, Haley Hughes Bailey and her husband Dan, Hannah Jo Gore and her husband Chris, Michael McGinn and his husband Rob and his great-grandchildren, Ayden Hughes, Brady Hughes, Bellamy Gore, Hollis Gore, and James Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 1067 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

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