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Mr. Wilbert "Bill" Kinion, Sr.

Mr. Wilbert "Bill" Kinion, Sr.
  • September 16, 1932 - August 1, 2019
  • Waterbury, Connecticut

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“You will always live in my heart: R.I.P. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Bette Ricks - Winston Salem, NC

“Sincere condolences to the family. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Norma Taylor-Preston - Waterbury, CT

“May the Lord give you Strength in your time of sorrow. Sending Love and Prayers to you all. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Robbin Frank - Knightdale, NC

“Sending my condolences and hugs to the Kinion/Nunley family. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Tracey Anderson - WATERBURY, CT

“my sincere condolences to the family, Bill will be missed I enjoyed many happy days bowling with him. The gates of Heaven are opened for him sleep in...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: APRIL FANN - Waterbury, CT

“Bill also known as "Hood" in our family, was a joy to be around. I remember him first as a child, tall distinguish looking man, my Mothers cousin. He...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Jean RHODES - Jonesboro, GA

“My deepest sympathy. May God bless you all during this difficult time. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Tiffany Riddick - Waterbury, CT

“It was a pleasure to work with Bill for so many years. First shift PV-17. Bill was a special person. I'll miss him.Terry Bogue ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Terry Bogue - Oxford, CT

“To the familyPlease know the pearly gates have been opened and "Bill" welcomed in. He was truly a great and kind gentleman. We had great times...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Pamela Rucker - Waterbury, CT

Mr. Wilbert W. Kinion Sr., 86, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Louvenia (Mosley) Kinion.

Mr. Kinion was born in Jacksonville, NC on September 16, 1932, a son to the late Mr. John and Beatrice (Rhodes) Kinion and raised by his Stepmother, Beatrice (Alston) (Kinion) Johnson after the passing of his mother while a toddler.

"Bill" as he was also known as, was educated in the Waterbury Public School System and graduated from Wilby High School in 1949, where he played baseball, basketball, and amateur boxing. After high school in the same year, Mr. Kinion joined the United States Army. He served during the Korean War, where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, in Fort Bragg, NC. He was heavy weight champion 3rd Army Division, and was a member of the Triple Nickels (555), the first all-black airborne unit. Mr. Kinion was employed at Scovill (Century Brass) Manufacturing Company, Southbury Training School, and Taylor Cleaning Service. He retired from the State of CT after over 35 years of service. He was a member of the Kellogg Lodge #5 Prince Hall Mason, a Past Potentate of Arabic Temple #40 Shriners, a member of American Legion William Wilson Post #135, he served as chairman of the Need Action Credit Union, was a member of the NAACP. Mr. Kinion was a long time member or Mt. Olive A.M.E. Zion where he served on the Steward Board, Rosa L. Weller Usher Board, and the Senior Citizen Center. He was also an avid bowler at Lakewood Lanes and played on the teams, Monday and Friday nights. Mr. Kinion was a good father and set an example to his children on how to live a respectful and productive life. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone but, also didn't take a lot of mess or drama. "Bill" never complained not once during his illness. He was a strong man with a kind heart who was a hard worker. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grands and great grands and loved to cook for them. The consensus was that he made the worlds best lemonade and ice tea ever. Bill touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his wife of over 40 years, he leaves to mourn his passing, four sons; Irving Gatling of Thomaston, CT, Ray Nunley and Robert (Alcidia) Nunley, both of Waterbury, Wilbert "Butchie" (Roberta) Kinion Jr. of Manchester, CT, five daughters; Pamela (Soloman) Lassiter of Waterbury, CT., Rochelle (Kenneth) Lee of Tampa, FL, Sandra Thomas of McDonough, GA, Glenda Nunley and Rene Kinion both of Waterbury, one sister; Vanessa (Skipwith) McDaniel of Waterbury, 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, one aunt; Lillie Mae (Kinion) Bennett of Waterbury, one son-in-law; James B. Burton of Waterbury, 4 sisters in law, 2 brothers in law, a large host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by one grandson, James Burton Jr., two brothers; John F. Kinion, and Earl Cummings.