Henry Evans Simpson

December 6, 1934July 8, 2013

SIMPSON, HENRY EVANS born on December 6, 1934, died July 8, 2013. Henry was born to the late Florence Evans Simpson and James Alexander Simpson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Nesbitt Simpson, and two brothers James Evans Simpson and Joseph E. Simpson. He is survived by his children, Charles Hatcher Simpson (Kate), Elizabeth Simpson Poynor (Wilmer), John Rembert Simpson and eight grandchildren, Hope W. Simpson, Charles H. Simpson, Jr., Sam D. Simpson, Wilmer S. Poynor V, Florence E. Poynor, Virginia E. Poynor, Lillian H. Simpson and Sallie E. Simpson. Henry attended Lakeview Elementary School, Ramsay High School and graduated from The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. He received a B.A. in American History from Vanderbilt University in 1956 and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1960 where he served on the Virginia Law Review. He was a member of the Dillard Scholarship Committee of UVA Law School. Henry was a partner of the law firm Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville LLP now Adams and Reese LLP (1960 - present). He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, having represented clients in more than 200 jury trials and was included in the registry of Best Lawyers in America. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Regions Financial Corporation from 1969 to 2003. Henry also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Civil War Preservation Trust and served as Chairman from 2011 to 2013. He was a member of Independent Presbyterian Church, The Redstone Club, Birmingham Country Club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The family suggests that memorials be made to Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205, The Civil War Preservation Trust, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20005, or Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 11, at Independent Presbyterian Church. Family visitation following the service in the church parlor.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 11, 2013

Henry Evans Simpson

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July 12, 2013

Big Da Da! You were the best grandfather I could have asked for and I am so glad to have known you for as long as I did even though I wish it could be longer. Dad, Sallie, me, and everyone else miss you so much. I wrote you a letter at camp about a week ago thanking you for the pearls, which I wore today by the way, and saying how we should all go on another family trip when you were better, but I know you're in a place that is even better than all the other places you've traveled. I love you and miss you so much and I'll see you again someday!

Leslie Hurley Black

July 11, 2013

Henry has been a good attorney, a kind man and a dear friend to my father, Jack Hurley. It was a pleasure to have known him.

Amanda Pate

July 9, 2013

Mr. Simpson was a wonderful person and extraordinary attorney. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know him while working at Lange Simpson. He was a great friend and great colleague to my father for many years. Mr. Henry, as my family and I knew him, will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Simpson family and his many friends.

July 9, 2013

Joanie and Carey join in remembering Henry and celebrating his life. Our thoughts and prayers have been and are with you. We send our love.

Deborah Cunningham-Lowe

July 9, 2013

I met Mr. Simpson in 1983 while working for First Alabama/Regions. He was a joy to work with and a great role model for so many. He will be missed greatly.

Tom King, Jr.

July 9, 2013

A true gentleman and excellent attorney . Following a jury trial in 1981 we tried together we remained good friends.He was a stalwart in the Birmingham Bar. I shall always cherish his friendship. The dignified manner in which he lived his life should be emulated. My sincerest condolences to his family and and law partners.Celebrate his great life of service and be extremely proud.

Mike Callahan

July 9, 2013

All the callahans join me in praying for your peace and comfort.......mike

Kathryn Shook

July 9, 2013

Thinking about all of you during this difficult time- he will be sorely missed by everyone...

Laura Nichols

July 9, 2013

So sorry to hear about Mr. Simpson's death! He was always a gentleman and an extremely good attorney. I always enjoyed working with him as a court reporter.

Joe Brady

July 9, 2013

We will miss one of the great people in Birmingham