Longtime Duncanville ISD Athletics Employee Sonny Kemble Passes Away

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Sonny Kemble is a man who has dedicated his life to serving his country and his community. His faithful work from 1992 to 2016 with the Duncanville ISD Athletic Department as an event coordinator was recognized with his induction into the Athletic Hall of Honor in 2010.

Since 1992 and until his retirement in 2016, Sonny was an important member of the Duncanville ISD Athletic Department, making sure staff are assigned and supported at all middle and high school athletic events. Sonny said his work with the students of Duncanville ISD means more to him than words can express. “Working with the Duncanville ISD Athletic Department allows me to still spend time with students, and pouring my heart into young people is what I have loved my whole life.”  In an article published in MyDuncanville in 2013, Cathy Self-Morgan praised Sonny’s dedication and credits him with helping to provide enjoyable athletic events for students and their families. “Sonny Kemble makes sure that all events run smoothly, and even greets fans and officials himself with his Panther hospitality. He is the man behind the scenes in the success of Duncanville Athletics.”

Sonny will be missed by all that came in contact with him.

Horace “Sonny” Ray Kemble December 21, 1923 – March 17, 2018

On March 17, 2018, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, peacefully called Horace Ray “Sonny” Kemble home at the age of 94.

Sonny Kemble grew up in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. He played football, baseball and ran track for Sunset High School and graduated in 1942. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in December of that year and became a tail gunner on a B-17 flying 28 missions in Europe until September 1945. Once returning home, he enrolled at the University of North Texas and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in History. Sonny returned to UNT to play football and earned his Master’s degree in 1953 in Health and Physical Education. For 21 years Sonny taught, coached and was an administrator in the Dallas ISD at Sunset, Rusk, Kimball Jr. High, T.W. Browne and Greiner. In 1992 Sonny became an important part of the Duncanville ISD Athletic Department as stadium manager making sure staff were assigned and supported at all middle and high school athletic events. Working with the Duncanville ISD allowed Sonny to continue to be involved in the lives of young people. He retired from Duncanville ISD in 2016 after 24 years of service at the age of 92.

Sonny is survived by his three daughters, Kay Lynn (Ron) Freeman, Kathy (Rob) Dew, Karol (David) Koegl; five grandchildren, Kevin (Laura) Freeman, Kyle (Heather) Freeman, Kristi (Ethan) Tucker, Robyn (Howard) Olive, Jennifer (Jeff) Allen, Ashley (Alex) Humphrey, Mychael (Maria ) Koegl; thirteen great grandchildren; brother, Don (Melba) Kemble; numerous nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. Sonny was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Mann Kemble, grandson, Erik White, brother, Frank Kemble, Jr., sister, Dorothy Huncovic, parents Elva and Frank G. Kemble, Sr.

Sonny Kemble was a man who dedicated his life to his family and serving his country and community. He invested his time, energy and his love in the lives of young people. He was a man you could trust given his integrity, honor and humility.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made to the Preteen & Youth Camp Funds at Hampton Road Baptist Church in his honor.

Visitation with the family is 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Laurel Land Funeral Home at 6000 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas.

The funeral service is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Hampton Road Baptist Church, 400 N. Hampton Road, Desoto. A reception will follow from 4 -6 p.m. at the Hampton Road Baptist Church.

A committal service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.