Emerson B. Kitchen

Published 11:25 am Friday, January 19, 2024

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SEBRELL – Emerson Benjamin Kitchen, 92, passed away Jan. 16, 2024 in East Pavilion. Born on Oct. 6, 1931 in Yale, he was a son of the late Samuel Fenton Kitchen and Marian Swift Kitchen. He was also predeceased by his wife, Janet Whitehead Kitchen; three sisters, Marilyn Vick, Audrey Coppedge and Adelaide Harrup; and three brothers, Sam Kitchen, Charles Kitchen and Roger Kitchen.

Emerson B. Kitchen

Emerson was a 1951 graduate of Stony Creek High School and a proud Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a longtime Southampton County farmer and a member of Manry Hunt Club, Sebrell Civic Club and served on the Board of Directors for Farm Bureau. Emerson was a member of Newsoms United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Kay Kimbel Kitchen of Capron; a son, Emerson Benjamin Kitchen Jr. and his wife, Vivian of Sebrell; four grandchildren, Lindsay Smith Angus (Kendall), Stefanie Kitchen Taillon (Jeff), Jordan Elizabeth Smith and Richard B. Kitchen (Katy); a great-granddaughter, Avery Evelyn Taillon; two sisters-in-law, Carol Kitchen and Bettie Whitehead; and a close family friend, Joline Kickliter; a special caregiver, Sharon Murphy and a host of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Barn Tavern Cemetery in Sebrell with Pastor Michael Baugham and Pastor Will Sloan officiating. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Newsoms United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.