Masonic Home for Children at Oxford: Luncheon, ribbon cutting held for ‘Kimel Cottage’ dedication

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 09:06 PM


On May 10, a luncheon and dedication ceremony were held at the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford for the naming of the “Clyde and Lucille Kimel Cottage.”

A residential cottage on the campus and the last of seven homes constructed for children in 2003. For the past 10 years, the cottage remained nameless while a suitable person or persons were considered for the honor. The Kimel’s were chosen posthumously for the gift they left to the home as part of their estate last year. During their lifetime, they were known for the charitable acts they performed around Forsyth County.

Attendees of this event included: the couple’s nephew and niece, Ralph and Elaine Kimel; the family’s legal counsel, Robert Hinshaw and Leslie Underwood, paralegal; Dan Rice, board chairman of the home and Oxford Orphanage alumnus; Dewey Preslar Jr., Grand Master of Masons of N.C.; Kevin Otis, administrator of the home; Joey Transou, of Masonic Lodge, West Bend Lodge No. 434 (of which Clyde was a member).

Otis presented a plaque bearing the couple’s names, likenesses and story to the family. A replica of this plaque is on display at the cottage and the home’s Cobb Center Museum. Following the luncheon, a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was conducted at the cottage, with family and guests present.