OBITUARY

William Horace Simpkins

October 28, 1932February 9, 2019
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William H. Simpkins (SGM, U.S. Army,Ret), who was known as “Bill” to family and friends, passed away on February 9, 2019. He was born in Vaughn, Georgia on October 28, 1932. He attended and graduated from Spalding High School in May 1951. He then went on to study at the University of Kentucky from 1951-1953 and played football (Center) for the Kentucky Wildcats under the supervision of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 32 years and 9 months serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC; Seven Army Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars; and the Vietnam Campaign Medal along with various ribbons. He retired in April 1984 from the Army.

Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with his family and friends, even making a “Hole-in-One”. He loved gardening and working in his yard.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clarice Martine Simpkins of 54 years; his son, Donald B. Simpkins; parents, Roy and Sara; and sister, Helen (Guy) Woodruff.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Denise Fitzgerald and Deborah Ward and husband Tommy Ward who was a very special son-in-law; son, David Simpkins of West Palm Beach, Florida; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; a huge loving extended family; close family friend, Madeline Swanson; and his beloved dog, “Buster”.

The family will receive friends on Thursday February 14, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with the chapel service immediately following at 1:00 pm at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

The family would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to the Intrepid Hospice nurses and aides.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

May the longtime sun shine upon you All love surround you, And the pure light within you guide you on your way

You will truly be missed!

  • FAMILY

  • Denise Fitzgerald, Daughter
  • Deborah Ward and husband, Tommy, Daughter
  • David Simpkins, Son
  • Five Grandchildren, *
  • Eight Great-Grandchildren, *
  • Numerous Nieces and Nephews and Extended Family, *
  • Clarice Martine Simpkins, Wife
  • Donald B. Simpkins, Son
  • Roy Horace Simpkins, Father
  • Sara Elizabeth Bates Simpkins, Mother
  • Helen Woodruff and husband, Guy, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, February 14, 2019
REMEMBERING

William Horace Simpkins

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Charles and Linda Sampson

February 14, 2019

What can we say about Mr. Bill,,that’s what my boys called him back then.
A good friend, fantastic husband and Dad. Always had kids around him, just look at all the pictures, it says it all.
He was loved, admired and a good soul. He will be missed by all.
Our sympathy to David, Denise and Debbie.

Love you all.
Charles and Linda

Sherryl George

February 13, 2019

Without a doubt, Uncle Bill was my absolute favorite uncle of all time. I will always remember him as being a very humble, kind, and honorable man.
I was unable to spend as much time with him as I would have liked to due to his Army deployments all around the world; however, I admired his sacrifice for our great nation to stay free.
I was always so excited to have him come back to Georgia. Uncle Bill always brought the fun with him. Uncle Bill was famous in our family as a talented musician. One of my fondest memories is of Uncle Bill's jam sessions with my mother. They would jam for hours on end at the house. I really enjoyed hearing Uncle Bill play the steel guitar and the keyboard. He played these instruments so well that he should have charged the neighborhood for his concert.
I have so many cherished memories of Uncle Bill and the family gathering around Grandmother's table filled with delicious farm fresh foods, watching Uncle Bill play humorous jokes on Grandmother and Granddaddy to create a little excitement, and sitting around the living room just enjoying our time together.
When it was time for Uncle Bill to leave, our goodbyes were always sad; however, we must remember that even this goodbye is only temporary. We will see each other again in a splendid place called Heaven where the glorious music never ends.
Denise, Debbie, and David,
May your loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort. Uncle Bill was a great man, and I am honored to call him my uncle.

Trudy Hannah

February 12, 2019

Sincere sympathy to Denice, Debbie and David on the great loss of their Dad, Bill Simpkins. Bill will be missed by many, but especially by his great grandchildren, who loved him very much. RIP, Bill.

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Biography

William H. Simpkins (SGM, U.S. Army,Ret), who was known as “Bill” to family and friends, passed away on February 9, 2019. He was born in Vaughn, Georgia on October 28, 1932. He attended and graduated from Spalding High School in May 1951. He then went on to study at the University of Kentucky from 1951-1953 and played football (Center) for the Kentucky Wildcats under the supervision of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 32 years and 9 months serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC; Seven Army Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars; and the Vietnam Campaign Medal along with various ribbons. He retired in April 1984 from the Army.

Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with his family and friends, even making a “Hole-in-One”. He loved gardening and working in his yard.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clarice Martine Simpkins of 54 years; his son, Donald B. Simpkins; parents, Roy and Sara; and sister, Helen (Guy) Woodruff.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Denise Fitzgerald and Deborah Ward and husband Tommy Ward who was a very special son-in-law; son, David Simpkins of West Palm Beach, Florida; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; a huge loving extended family; close family friend, Madeline Swanson; and his beloved dog, “Buster”.

The family will receive friends on Thursday February 14, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with the chapel service immediately following at 1:00 pm at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

The family would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to the Intrepid Hospice nurses and aides.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

May the longtime sun shine upon you
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you guide you on your way

You will truly be missed!