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January 21, 2014

Sudden eviction

Disabled man battling brain disease knew he had to move, but said he wasn’t prepared when he was forcibly evicted from his home Tuesday morning

By BRIAN SMITH

PARKER COUNTY – Confined to a wheelchair and dressed in a tattered robe, pajamas and socks, a 65-year-old veteran with a degenerative brain disease sat outside Tuesday among his furnishings and possessions after being evicted from the home he lived in the past five years.

Slow to talk – but not to think – and sometimes hard to understand, Stephen Kimbrell said an ongoing dispute with the owner and property manager of the brick quadplex on Sunburst Court, over a parking dispute, resulted in his receiving 30 minutes notice of eviction and the sheriff’s office and a group of workers moving his belongings into the front yard before changing the locks.

Kimbrell was given until Wednesday morning to remove his possessions or risk having the owner and manager dispose of them.

He said the issue started last April over his wanting to have his wife’s car closer to their residence. Kimbrell, who has suffered the last 14 years from progressive cerebellar degeneration, a brain disease that affects his mobility, ability to talk or even hold a cup of coffee, says he wanted his wife’s car, a Ford Mustang, closer to the house. He said though he walked two years ago with use of a cane, the disease has robbed him of the use of his legs.

Property Manager Scott Richardson, of Turn Key Real Estate in Azle, reportedly told Kimbrell since he already had one car at the residence and using the one assigned parking space by the front door, that was not possible. Kimbrell brought the issue before Housing and Urban Development in October but he said they were not able to look at the case until November. HUD and Texas Workforce Commission officials have gone back and forth with the case since then, during which time Kimbrell says he continued to pay his rent in good faith, and says money or his ability to pay rent is not an issue.

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