Katherine Ann Kitchens, 82, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.
She was born Sept. 20, 1929 in New Albany to the late Charlie Samuel Carnell and Opal Callicutt Carnell. She was a graduate of New Albany High School, and attended Blue Mountain College. She was very active in the American Red Cross Disaster and Blood Services where she was awarded for her many years of service. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and was an avid bridge player. She was a active member of the First Baptist Church where she served in many areas of ministry. Because of her love for children in the church, she volunteered as the nursery coordinator of many years.
Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at First Baptist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Rick Blythe and Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Interment was in the New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son David Kitchens (Patricia) of New Albany, five grandchildren Ben Riggs Kitchens, Sam Kitchens (Sara), Mary Katherine Kitchens, Susan Downs, and Laura Downs and two great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Martha Jane Lamar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ben Allen Kitchens, and her daughter Lee Ann Downs.
Pallbearers were Mike Staten, David Duff, Bob Gault, Gerald Kimbrough, Dan Skinner, and Allen Maxwell.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church New Albany.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church New Albany.