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Johnny Kibbey

February 8, 1940 December 29, 2018
Johnny Kibbey
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Johnny Kibbey, 78, of Welch WV, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018 at his residence. Born February 8, 1940, in English WV he was the son of the late John West and Bertha Viars Kibbey.
He was called into the ministry in 1957 at age of 17. He pastored Church of God in Christ (Trinity Assembly) at Bartley, English and Yukon Churches; He pastored in other Denominational Churches, the Church of the Living God at Yukon; PH Church at War, WV; and PH Church at Coalwood, WV; Church of God at Iaeger, WV and Hartwell, WV
His Evangelism Outreaches were in: Virginia, (Tidewater Area, Greenville, and Salem); West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, and Maryland.
He helped to bring the early work of the two churches into a Conference of Ministers, of the Trinity Assembly Conference. He founded the Trinity Christian Academy. He organized and founded the Word of Life Ministry – Outreaches in McDowell County, providing ministry through TV Evangelism, Radio Evangelism;
He was a past member of Big Creek District Ministerial Association; the Pentecostal Fellowship of North America; In corporation with the PFNA, helped organize the County-wide Evangelistic Outreach Events, The Crusade for Christ—for several years.
His Evangelism Assignments were In Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland; in tents, churches, storefront buildings, homes, schools, and brush arbors. Brother Kibbey participated in Civic Events, Social Events, Church Events, and Sports Events, and represented the ministry always with grace, humility and passion. Helped plant churches wherever revival was held, and enlargement of borders was an opportunity. He had gifts in songwriting and music: Two music recording projects; wrote many song lyrics with music. They were his joyful expressions to those who loved his preaching and teaching.
Johnny Kibbey, was a pioneer in the Gospel, was like a modern-day Joshua in his leadership to the churches in bringing the church body forward into the things of God, teaching hearts and hands to war spiritual battles and win and move toward possession of the promised inheritances in God as a Church Body and as individuals. He was extremely fruitful in this assignment. Members and students who sat under this ministry have gone into all professions, doctors, lawyers, and ministers, and all those professions involved under these exemplary service gifts—i.e., teachers, nurses, media, business, government, arts, education and religion. Well done, Reverend Kibbey.
Revelation 14:13
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”
Johnny Kibbey is at rest! His prophetic Words would be, “Get ready! Be about the Father’s Business – calling sinners to repentance.” His signature song was “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down.”
With those who have gone before him, he leaves us with this message:
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14:1-3 NIV
A special thanks to Amedisys Hospice of Bluefield for their kind and professional services.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, one son in law, Curtis Brown, one daughter, Lisa Renee Kibbey, three brothers, Franklin, Donald, and Larry Kibbey, one sister Vicki Murphy.
Survivors include, his wife Lana Kibbey, one daughter, Jennifer Brown, three sons, Jeffrey Kibbey (Amy), John Anthony Kibbey (Tanya Hodges), William Arthur Kibbey (Veronica), siblings, Eloise Whichard, Gloria Miller (David), Violet Walsh (Arlie), Delmer Kibbey (Sue), Leslie Kibbey (Gladys), six grandchildren, Ashley Boden, Brandon Brown, Matthew Brown, Hannah Kibbey, Isaac Kibbey, Zachary Kibbey, one great grandchild Mason Abram Brown.
Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11 A.M. from the English Trinity Assembly in English WV with Pastors, Charlie Dean Barker, Douglas Cooper, and Keith Meade officiating, Entombment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield VA. Friends and Family will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch WV.
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Fanning Funeral Home Welch

19816 Coal Heritage Road
Welch, WV 24801

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Bluefield, Virginia 24605

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