Barbara Helen Ables Kinnebrew passed away on Monday, December 15, 2008, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson at the young age of 67. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 18,2008, at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight, December 17, 2008, at the funeral home.
Barbara was born in Vicksburg to R. M. and Helen Ables on December 10, 1941. She attended St. Francis Xavier Academy until May 1955, then attended and graduated from Culkin Academy. On the court of Culkin's homecoming royalty, Barbara was crowned the beautiful homecoming queen of 1958. After graduation she achieved her beautician's license from Fondren Sisters Beauty School in 1961. She also studied nursing at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.
On August 24, 1961, Barbara then married Walter Lenard Kinnebrew of Vicksburg, she was awarded a football scholarship to "Ole Miss," the University of Mississippi. She lived on campus in Oxford while Walter played football. After Ole Miss and a transfer to Delta State, Barbara and Walter relocated back to Vicksburg, where she remained the rest of her life. After a divorce in 1995, Barbara went on to achieve Realtor awards, and she was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer for 12-plus years.
Barbara was a faithful servant and lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg. She was an active member of Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority, Omega Chapter. Barbara touched many people's lives with a Bigger Than Life smile accompanied by laughter. Just like her dad, Barbara never met a stranger. She was so much fun and, with her, there was never a dull moment. Barbara loved life and loved her family, especially her three children and her to sisters and anyone associated with them. She had just started a new beginning with T. K. Grant, whom she called "a jewel," when she was diagnosed with liver disease.
Barbara is survived by her daughters, Kimberly Yvonne Kinnebrew Miles-Poyner and husband Scott of Prosper, Texas, and Jennifer Jenean Kinnebrew Dougherty and husband Neal of Clinton, her son Walter Lenard "Kenny" Kinnebrew Jr. of Baton Rouge, her grandchildren, Spenser Alexis Miles of Prosper, Alexander Neal Dougherty and Bradley Joseph Dougherty of Clinton, Kent Robert Kinnebrew of Baton Rouge, Shanna Nicole Kinnebrew of Monroe and Rose Marie Kinnebrew of Vicksburg, her sisters, Gertrude Ables Haden and husband J. B. and Jean Ables Kette and husband Charles both of Vicksburg.
Pallbearers will be Walter Lenard "Kenny" Kinnebrew Jr., Neal Dougherty, Scott Poyner, Mike Haden, Eddie Haden, Richard Kette, George Kette, Don Marcus, Gary Stavely and Clarence Cable Jr.