April 7, 1938 – August 18, 2019
Dr. Charles B. Kemble passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 3:15 am at the age of 81. His loving wife of 60 years, Peggy, was with him when he passed. Charles Kemble was born July 7, 1938 in San Antonio to Cecil and Doris (McFarland) Kemble. He had one sister, Mary Lou. He met and fell in love with Peggy Simmons at a gathering for college students, and they married on June 5, 1959. They had one child together, Kenneth. Charles is survived by his wife Peggy, son Kenneth and wife Donetia, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a niece and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and his granddaughter Sarah. His accomplishments, honors, citations and awards are far too many to be listed here, but some of the more notable are as follows: Charles Kemble was a scholar and held four earned degrees academically, the highest being Doctor of Ministry. He was pastor of five churches in the San Antonio area — Parkview Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Universal City, Northwest Hills Baptist Church, Leesville Baptist Church and Kendalia Community Church — and served as interim pastor of many other churches in the area. He was moderator of the San Antonio Baptist Association. He was an evangelist and went on numerous missions and preached numerous revival meetings. He was on the Board of San Antonio Youth for Christ. He was founder of Workplace Ministries. He loved sports and brought the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to San Antonio over fifty years ago. He was inducted into the FCA Hall of Champions in 2008. He was Chaplain for the San Antonio Riders football team. He was also coach of his son Kenneth’s little league teams. He was actively involved in politics, and started the Citizens for Decency in San Antonio in the 1960s. He was Chaplain for Bexar County for several years. He was Councilman for Universal City for several years, and was Mayor Pro-Tem. He knew several Texas governors and elected officials personally, and was called upon to say the opening prayer at the State Capitol in Austin on three different occasions. He served as chairman of the Republican Party for his area. He served as president of several civic and social organizations, including the Highland Park Lions Club and the San Antonio Knife and Fork Club. He loved action, and had the privilege of flying a T-38 at Randolph AFB. He loved the arts and was a friend to the San Antonio Symphony. He was on staff at both the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Wayland Baptist University, and was instrumental in starting the San Antonio Campus of Wayland. He was also active in helping people protect themselves and their families through his involvement with Legal Shield. The list could go on and on. He even did hambone on stage in Branson! Charles Kemble was a true soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ, and God touched the lives of many thousands of people through his life and multi-faceted ministry. Only eternity will tell the weight and magnitude of his impact.
- Charles is survived by his wife Peggy, son Kenneth and wife Donetia, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a niece and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and his granddaughter Sarah.
- Memorial Service Thursday, September 12, 2019