She was born on May 24, 1915, to Hubert and Janie Matthis in Griffin, Ga.
She didn’t have the opportunity to obtain much formal education, but she was very intelligent. She was not one to ever give up or let obstacles get in her way. She purchased land in Calhoun, which she and her mother worked and built a house on. Even though her formal education was limited, she made sure all her children were educated.
She met and was joined in holy matrimony to Albert Kimpson, and to the union they were blessed with 12 children. She truly believed these children were a gift from God.
She was a kind, loving mother who cooked good meals, kept a clean house and loved her husband. She loved fishing and could often be seen at a fishing hole, fulfilling her favorite pastime.
She was grounded in her belief in God at an early age and served faithfully in many roles in her church, Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Calhoun, for over 70 years, where she was the oldest mother on the mother board, served as president of missions, worked in the Sunday School, attended Bible study regularly, and was honored by many as the oldest member of the church.
She was always ready to help a person in need by providing them with food, shelter, and a kind word.
She lived her Christian beliefs daily in the way she treated her fellow man.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; children: Elbert Leonard, Albert Jr., Janie and Janice; and parents; Hubert and Janie Matthis.
She leaves to cherish her memory Danetta Wilson of Chattanooga, Mary (Jerome) Johnson of North Attleboro, Mass., Willie Jones, Helen (Freeman) McCroskey of Atlanta, Linda Johnson, Joe Kimpson, and Ben (Janette) Kimpson, all of Calhoun, and Ruby Rogers of Las Vegas; inherited son, Lou (Elsie) Barnett of Cleveland; a legacy of 32 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren; a special niece. Olivia Dubose; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; and special appreciation to Shyrell and Kenny Johnson and Kim Harper.
Homegoing service will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, East and Inman streets, in Cleveland, with pastor of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church the Rev. George Williams officiating.
Interment will follow at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.
Visitation by friends will begin after noon Friday at M.D. Dotson and Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland.
Words of comfort may be submitted at www.mddotsonandsons.com.