Simon Kinsey, Jr. Passes AwayOct 17th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page, Obituaries
Simon and Ernestine were married August 14, 1945 while Simon was on leave from basic training, six weeks before Simon was sent to Kobe, Japan as part of the United States Army of Occupation. He returned from Japan and entered Florida Barber College where he received his license to barber. He worked his way through college as a barber graduating from Florida Southern College in Lakeland with a B.S. in Education in 1950. This was followed with his Masters in Education from the University of Florida in 1954.
Simon was an educator. After four years as a classroom teacher in Greenville and Lee, Simon was appointed principal of Madison Elementary in 1954. During his time in Madison, Simon became active in the Department of Elementary School Principals of the Florida Education Association where he served as Director, Legislative Chairman and Membership Chairman. He was selected as chairman of this group in 1964 and was asked to accept a position with the State Department of Education. Simon assumed duties as Consultant in School Accreditation in the Division of Teacher Education, Certification and Accreditation. During this time he also served as a member of the Professional Practices Commission.
Simon retired in January 1984 and returned to his remodeled home in Lee where he was born. He was an active member of Lee First Baptist Church where he was ordained in 1949.
Simon was preceded in his death by his parents, Simon Abe Kinsey, Sr. and Ollie Kent Kinsey, his wife of 65 years Ernestine Ezell Kinsey and his life-long friend Walter Graham Sr. He is survived by his son Bobby (Debbie) Kinsey and daughter Candy (Tony) Sisto of Lee, Abe (Ann) Kinsey of Oyster Bay and William (Wanda) Kinsey of Crawfordville, 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family including Walter Graham Jr.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday, October 18th at Lee First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 19th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lee First Baptist Church building fund.