He was born to George R. and Vesta Henson Kimsey Oct. 3, 1932, in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
Tommy is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Debra Lynn Kimsey; and two sisters, Cora Lee Kimsey and Grace Evelyn “Bunny” LeGrande.
He is survived by children: Sue (Dan) Birchett of Dayton, Jennifer Garrison of Cleveland, T.J. Kimsey II of Dayton; the mother of his children, Doris Kimsey of Dayton; one brother, Richard (Ellen) Kimsey of Rockwood; favorite nephew, Wayne (Susana) Morgan of Dayton; seven grandchildren: Rachelle (Chris) Adams, Larissa Roberts, Matthew Revis, Ben (Amy) Revis, Clint (Cayci) Garrison, Brett Garrison and Lance Garrison. He is also survived by several great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.
He was an avid bluegrass fan and musician, playing several instruments, especially his favorite standup bass at various festivals and events. One favorite was the Dunlap Coke Oven Bluegrass Festival, where his name is inscribed on the Bluegrass Musician Monument.
He was the owner of the “Red Barn Jamboree” in Dayton in the late ’60s and was in the Bluegrass band “The Back Trackers” who performed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Ocoee for whitewater events.
There will be no funeral services; however, a bluegrass music memorial celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.
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Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to assist the Kimsey family with these arrangements.