He was as original as his name. Kimbro Rex Ogilvie, 67, passed away at his home in Roanoke County on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, surrounded by family. Kimbro -- a Scottish family name -- was born on May 24, 1951, in San Antonio, Texas, to Elmer and Charlotte (Sikes) Ogilvie.
“Kim,” as most friends call him, met his sweetheart and wife of 44 years, Mary (Weigand) Ogilvie, at Holmes High School in San Antonio. He earned a bachelor’s in architecture at Texas A&M University and a master’s in environmental design/urban planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the 1970s, but he followed in his father’s footsteps and built his entire career in advertising. In 1985, Kim’s job at Moore’s, the building supplies company, brought his family from Texas to their current home in southwest Roanoke County, Virginia, where he loved tinkering in the garage, tending to his yard and garden, and serving as the Hickory Hill neighborhood’s “Clark Griswold” around the holidays. He worked at several Roanoke advertising agencies before co-founding Group One Sales Promotion in 1997 with Bruce Thomasson, one of his best friends.
Kim was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Douglas Ogilvie. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters: Stephanie Ogilvie Seagle (Forrest), Sarah Ogilvie Parmental (Tony), and Erin Ogilvie Hudson (Julian); and two granddaughters (Elizabeth and Hazel).
Kimbro was a man who wore many hats -- literally and figuratively. He was a builder-of-all-things, talented freehand illustrator, garage musician, dedicated recycler, freshwater fisherman, model rocket launcher, backyard meteorologist, and overall creative, hilarious soul. But most importantly, he will be remembered as a loving husband, inspiring father, and doting “Grandad.”
A celebration of his life and humor will be held at a later date in Roanoke. In lieu of flowers, please encourage your local government to provide curbside recycling services.