Carol Ann Kinney

Carol Ann Kinney, 79, of Amarillo, passed away December 17, 2023. She was born August 27, 1944, in San Pablo, California to Elmer Jack and Bessie L. (Fuller) Jones.

Carol had a beautiful smile that matched her heart. She loved her son, Joe Simms unconditionally. He was always amazed that she knew her neighbors, and their children. Carol loved working in the yard. Joe said his yard was the prettiest on the block because of Carol. She loved her family dearly. Carol always had a pet. Her dog was her constant companion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry Don Kinney; her siblings, Wayne Jones, Helen Winger, and Louise Estes.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Joe Simms; her daughter-in-love, Tammy Simms Moses and husband Ralph; her granddaughter, Alexandra Chisum and husband, Lloyd; her grandchildren, Naleigh Mae and Wyatt Wayne; her siblings, Brenda Hodges, Eddie Jones, and Gary Jones, and her beloved Shih-tzu, Buddy.

There will be a Life Celebration for Carol held this Friday, December 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Funeral Home Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo. Please bring stories to share!


  1. Randy Simms

    She was a dear a special person in my life and molded me in so many ways. Joe and I were practically brothers more than cousins and we put dear aunt Carole through the ringer. If she wasn’t correcting us for doing boy stuff, she was hugging us and telling us we were special. She was another angel on earth and the world is a sadder place without her in it. I’ll never forget you, my Aunt Carol, earth angel.

  2. Kathy Loyd

    An amazing smile and an incredible heart!! Lots of fun girl talk, happy days visiting comfortably in our yards. I always looked for the umbrella to be open, an indicator she was outside. Loved meeting her sweet Patches and later her new pet Buddy who we both thought might get hurt by Abbie, to learn that Buddy was probably more of the pest lol. What a great neighbor and friend! She is smiling in heaven and what a beautiful reunion it must be. She has reached her destination and we will arrive a little later, to see her then.

  3. Patrick & Delores Mickey

    She’d give you a hug and her big smile. She made you glad she was your neighbor,- Mr. Rogers will be glad to see her in Heaven! She loved kids and dogs even when they were noisy. She said she’d be out there running around with them if she could! We’ll miss her. God bless you, you’ll always live in our hearts Carol Kinney!

  4. Patricia Hamilton

    My dear Aunt Carol was a very special lady I would go over in the morning and take her a blt sandwich which we would take in the backyard and open the umbrella and sit down to eat. When she could no longer go outside we would eat in her bed. I loved her dearly and will miss her so very much

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