James “Alvin” Kingsolver

March 23, 2022

James “Alvin” Kingsolver, 83, of Kirklin, Ind., died on March 23, 2022 at Witham Health Services in Lebanon, Ind.  He was born on September 26, 1938 in Frankfort to Floyd and Gladys (Stern) Kingsolver.  He married Donna “Kay” Miller on June 10, 1956 in Kirklin and she preceded him in death on December 24, 2019.

Alvin was a 1956 graduate of Kirklin High School.  He was a lifelong Clinton County resident and farmer.  His memberships included Kirklin Christian Church and Young Farmers Club.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kirklin Christian Church, 302 W. Jefferson St., Kirklin, IN  46050 or Clinton County Cancer Fund, 258 ½ Fourth St., Frankfort, IN  46041.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort.  Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the funeral Home.  Tom Holton will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirklin, Ind.  

Survived by:

Surviving are his Daughter: Jennifer Kingsolver of Kirklin;  2 Sons: Rick (Cindy) Kingsolver of rural Frankfort and Randy (Melanie) Kingsolver of rural Kirklin; 2 Grandchildren: Megan (Ken) Borror of San Antonio, TX and Chad (Whitney) Kingsolver of St. Louis, MO; Great-Granddaughter: Hannah Borror.  

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, siblings: Phyllis Short, Ruth Ellen Hunter, and Robert Kingsolver, and step-mother: Grace (Johnson) Kingsolver.


Leave your Condolences

21 Condolences for “James “Alvin” Kingsolver”

  1. Eric Payton March 23, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Great person. Great cousin. Alvin will be missed.

  2. John and Mary Kay Baker March 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    We are so sorry to hear this. Lifting you all up in prayer.

  3. Wanda March 23, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. He was a good person, he will be greatly missed.

  4. Jane Sheets March 23, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  5. Bill & Kay Dickerson March 23, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the Kingsolver family. It was our pleasure to be acquainted with Kay and Alvin for the past 20 years and we had great respect for them both. Alvin will be sorely missed by the community. We will certainly be praying for the Kingsolver family.

  6. Jayne King March 23, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I want to leave my condolences for Randy, Jennifer and Rick on the loss of their dear father. Alvin was always a kind person, good family man and hard worker. I have fond memories of him from my childhood.

  7. Janet Ward March 24, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Randy, Rick and Jennifer, so truly sorry for your loss. You dad was a great guy! We always liked him so much. My dad always said he was the best farmer around.

  8. Sharon Jones March 24, 2022 at 8:12 am

    So sad to hear of this. Knew the family all my life. Prayers for Jennifer and the whole family.

  9. Deborah Reagan March 24, 2022 at 10:49 am

    So very sorry to hear of Alvin’s passing. He was a wonderful husband and father. Our thoughts are with his children and grandchildren.

  10. Diana Stern Lewandowski March 24, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Alvin’s passing. He was a wonderful cousin and I absolutely adored he and Kay. I will treasure every delightful memory of our time together.

  11. Donald L Hunter March 24, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Alvin. As the only son of his sister, Ruth, I deeply regret I cannot attend his service. God bless you all. [Randy, Jennifer and Rick] I’m glad the Kingsolver name lives on through you all. I will always have kind thoughts of Kay and Alvin. I still remember their wedding day! I think I was about 6 years old. Kay was just radiant and Uncle Alvin had this big grin on his face. That’s how I will always remember him.

    • Sue Hunter Hardman April 6, 2022 at 10:56 pm

      As the only daughter of Alvin’s sister Ruth Ellen, I completely agree with the comments that my brother Don made. I too, remember their wedding vividly. Have many fond memories of our families, particularly at the family Thanksgiving gatherings. We live in SWFL full-time now and could not attend the funeral. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.
      Sue Hunter Hardman

  12. Bill and Anita Cast March 25, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I spent three different winter sessions at Kirklin Grade School with Alvin. I remember fondly the red brick building, classrooms and blackboards. Those days are long gone. Alvin shared our farmland along with Glen and Ruth Mullikin for over fifty years without a hitch. We will all miss Kay and Alvin. End of an era. RIP

  13. Tom Like March 25, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Jennifer, Randy and Rick, my prayers are with you in this time. God bless all of you. Alvin will live on in my memory, all good!!!!!!!!

  14. Mindy Jobe Pryor March 25, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Jennifer, Randy, and Rick,
    So sorry to hear of Alvin’s passing. Alvin and Kay were a wonderful couple. Loved walking into the Kirklin gas station in the mornings and seeing their smiling faces. My dad, Wayne “Pinedog” Jobe, was also one of the morning gas station crew. Sending hugs and prayers to all the Kingsolver family.

  15. Larry & Becky Davis March 25, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  16. Rene’ Rogers March 25, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Randy, Rick, and Jennifer: Jim and I were saddened to read of your dad’s passing. We have wonderful memories of both your dad and mom from KCC. Jim remembers your dad as a person who never spoke an unkind word of anyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! God bless.
    Jim and Rene’ Rogers

  17. Walter Minnick March 25, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    I am sorry to hear of your loss!!

  18. Adam Kirby March 25, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Jennifer…I just heard about your dad! I wanted to say I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how close you two were (and your mom)! I always loved seeing your parents and yourself come to dine at my restaurant many years ago. Your dad was always very nice and your mom so sweet (and funny…always smiling/laughing). I will be thinking of you…if you need anything or someone to talk to, get ahold of me on FB or email. Rest In Peace Alvin, with Kay

  19. Monica Lafferty Kiger March 30, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Randy, so very sorry for your loss.

  20. Jennifer Cast April 18, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Jennifer, Rick and Randy – I was very fortunate to get to know your father when I bought my great-grandfather’s farm from my cousins. I quickly came to love and deeply respect your dad. He was kind, considerate, smart, honest, and one of the hardest workers I have known. I’ll never forget visiting your mom and dad’s house with Carter and Will when they were little. He drove the boys around on his lawn mower, showed them all his tractors, and we took photos of them inside one of the big tractor wheels! I loved the way he talked — and how succinct he was. He reminded me of my great uncle, Glen. I so enjoyed sharing farming with Alvin and will miss him deeply. I know he was happy that I will now share farming with his children. Love, Jennifer Cast

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