Salem Funeral Home Main St.
120 S Main St. Winston-Salem, NC
Sunday, Jan 23, 2011
- 8 p.m.
- Jan 21, 2011
Winston-Salem – Douglas Gray Kimel, 84, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2011.
He was born in Winston-Salem, the son of Albert Barney and Elsie Holmes Kimel. Educated in local public schools he graduated from James A. Gray High School and studied music and voice at Salem College. His love of music led him to spend his entire adult life as a soloist for which his services were in constant demand as he sang for countless weddings, funerals, chorales, and musical productions. A descendent of the earliest Moravian settlers in the Friedberg community, his love of Moravian music was evidenced by 50 years of directing Moravian church choirs and participating in 68 consecutive Easter Sunrise services as a band member or choir director. He worked full or part time at Norman Stockton, Inc. for 56 years where he took great pride in having “the best dressed men in town”. In later years he also worked part time for Salem Funeral and Cremation Services. He served on the Forsyth County Hospital Commission, was an early Chairman of the Greater Downtown Association and a charter member of the Griffith Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Lawrence Kimel; son, D. Gray Kimel, Jr. (Susan); daughters, Karen Alderman (Bruce) and Katherine Skowronski (Tom), all of Winston-Salem and four grandchildren: Chip Kimel of Raleigh, Will Kimel of Charlottesville, VA, Elizabeth Miracle (Andrew) of Chapel Hill and Amy Skowronski of Winston-Salem, as well as two great-grandchildren.
Doug was preceded in death by brothers, John, A.B., and Clint.
Visitation will be held at Salem Funeral and Cremation Service on S. Main Street from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday at Calvary Moravian Church. All of Doug’s former choir members are urged to join as one in a musical celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Douglas Kimel Music Scholarship Fund at the Winston-Salem Foundation, 860 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The family wants to especially thank the wonderful and kind staff in the Palliative Care Unit at Forsyth Medical Center for their loving support of Doug and the family during his final days.