Donald Doyle Kemp, age 83, of Mill Spring, entered into Heaven Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. He was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Saco, Mo., the son of Delbert Kemp and Bernice (Spain) Kemp.
Don was a Highway and Airport Construction Superintendent for many years. He served as the Wayne County Assessor from 1988 to 1997 and operated his own farm near Mill Spring. He was a long time member of the Mill Spring Christian Church.
He was married to Betty Lou Kiger June 8, 1957 in St. Louis and was a long time resident of Wayne County.
Preceding him in death are his beloved parents, Delbert and Bernice Kemp, his beloved son, Wesley Charles Kemp, his beloved brother and sister in law, Kenneth and Linda Kemp, and his beloved nephew, Wally Hardin and great nephew, Kerry Mills.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Betty Kemp, of the home, one daughter, Charlotte Ann Kemp, of Branson, Mo., 2 sisters, Joan Hardin and her husband Bob, of Fredericktown, Mo., Karen Greer and her husband Dayne, of Coldwater, Mo.
Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
Don’s greatest enjoyments were being in the outdoors, tending to his cattle, training his mules and horses, hunting, fishing and gigging, especially going on fishing trips to Canada, Kentucky Lake, Rend Lake, Paris and Savannah Tennessee with his nephew, Roger Kemp, and his Williamsville friends, and with Jimmy Nicholson.
He will be very deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Morrison-Worley Chapel in Piedmont with Pastor Kevin Kinnard officiating. Special recorded songs by Don’s favorite group, “The McKameys” were played for the service. Bob Hardin, Dayne Greer, Roger Kemp, Shawn Price, Dwayne Greer and Elmo “Bo” White served as Pall Bearers. Interment will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Saco Cemetery in Madison County under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Mill Spring Christian Church or the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in care of the funeral home.