James Lee Kilgore, 89 of Rising Fawn, Georgia passed peacefully at his home on Lookout Mountain on Saturday November 11, 2023. He was born in Kingsport, Tennessee on July 10, 1934, to Clayton and Lillian Kilgore. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Bill. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Sandra Kilgore, one son Matt Kilgore, and one niece, Karen Kilgore.
Jim was a veteran who served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955, for which he received the GI Bill to pay for college. He attended the University of Tennessee where he received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Eastman Kodak in the chemical division in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was transferred to Batesville, Arkansas in 1975 and helped to build the Arkansas Eastman Chemical plant from the ground up. His career spanned 40 years and he became the operations manager of the plant.
Jim retired in 1997 and went on to do short term mission work in many places, and served in Bangladesh for 3 years, and 1 year in Sri Lanka after the earthquake and tsunami of 2004.
Because of his work and connections in Bangladesh, Jim was instrumental in helping start Care Channels Bangladesh, which is an arm of Care Channels International, headquartered in Singapore. Care Channels works among the poor and marginalized across 6 different countries in Asia.
Jim was a loving, faithful husband and father. He had a unique ability to lead and inspire people and was very active in mission work and his local church. He had a generous heart for giving and helping people in need. He was loved by almost everyone who met him, and he will be greatly missed.
Family and friends are invited to honor Jim’s life at a memorial service on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Trenton First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trenton First Baptist Church of Trenton, Georgia.
Visit www.MooreFHS.com to share expressions of sympathy and view his memorial tribute.