OBITUARY

Donald Raymond Simpson

September 21, 1951July 10, 2014

SHREVEPORT LA- Donald “Donnie” Raymond Simpson went home to be with the Lord after 62 years of living a happy and love filled life. Visitation will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, LA on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 5-8PM, Service will be at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2PM. Interment will follow at Haughton Cemetery. Donnie was born September 21, 1951 and passed away on July 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by son, Jaime, father, Raymond, mother, Pearline, sister, Louise, brother, Dale. He leaves behind wife of 40 Years, Jane; son, Jordan; daughter, Sydney Posey (Jonathan); granddaughter, Rae; sister, Joyce Taylor (Dean); sister, Linda Johnson (Marshall). Donnie was a well-respected high school athletics referee for more than 30 years and was an instrumental part of athletic organizations throughout the state. He loved being a part of various sports in the area. He spent the last few years of his life as a land man in the oil and gas industry traveling to various parts of the south. Most recently, spending weeks in Odessa, TX where he worked researching and leasing land for large oil and gas companies. Donnie’s favorite job in life was being “Pops” to Rae. She brought more joy to him than any other activity in his life. He lived to be a part of her life, dedicating the majority of his time away from sports and oil work with “His Girl”. Pops was a shining example of love to Rae and his presence in her life was more than just a grandfather. Officiating, the service will be longtime colleague and friend, Rusty Gilbert. Pallbearers will be Gary Allen, Cleveland Bradfield, Keith Burton, Dave Madden, Mike Thibodeaux and Billy Wood. Honorary Pallbearers are Shreveport-Bossier Football High School Officials Trey Giglio, Rodney Palmer, Josh Richie, Darrell Storey, and Kyle Scripture. The family would like to send their sincerest gratitude to the ICU Staff at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa, TX, and heir sincerest and deepest appreciation to Bill Bowdon of Bowdon Natural Resources for his incredible support. You may share words of comfort with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Memories

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Joe, Rhonda, James, & Joseph Williams

August 5, 2014

Jordon, We just found out about your father. I had only met him once but I have heard you talk about him a lot. May God surround you with Peace, comfort and understanding as to why he called him home so early. Praying for you, Sydney, and your mom. Please stay in touch, we love you !

Trey Pittman

July 17, 2014

Donnie Simpson was a great man, official, and friend. I'm so sorry that I was out of town when he passed and didn't get to pay my last respects. Whether he was calling me for leads on a landman job, talking about playing golf, or recalling our last football or basketball game, I always laughed and smiled during the call (if you ever got off the phone). Truly a kind soul who will be missed by all who knew him. RIP 'The Ref"

Elder Willie Douglas III

July 17, 2014

I didn't know you long but I enjoyed working with you. You were a great teacher and mentor. To the family, I will keep you in my prayers. Remember nothing is lost when you know where it is. I just believe Donnie is in the presence of Jesus

Lorna Stringer Rawls

July 17, 2014

Having officiated basketball with Donnie Simpson, I can recall referring many enjoyable games with him. He was always happy and smiling. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Heaven has gained a great man and we have lost a treasure. I pray you will remember every funny story and every hearty laugh, even through your sorrow.

Billy Wood

July 17, 2014

I will miss you my brother. I want the rest of your life to be in peace as you deserve. You were a fascinating guy and someone I'll think about often. I'll see you again one day!! Until then. Save me a good spot!! I love you and your family!! I'll be there for them all.

Sandra Varnell

July 16, 2014

So sorry for your loss, Sydney. In prayer for you and your family. Hugs.

J. Patrick Wickham

July 16, 2014

Donnie was a great man, official, and mentor to all who knew him. I was thankful to call football and baseball with Donnie. Thank you for your help. Donnie was a class act, and funny. He always had something to say that worth remembering either be a better official or to laugh while others where stressed around.

Melody Pachankis

July 16, 2014

Prayers of peace and comfort for the Simpson family and friends.

David Thrash

July 15, 2014

To the family: Donnie always loved what he did. As an umpire you have to put up with a lot. I know when I was coaching and he worked many of my games,regardless of the outcome or if I thought he missed a call. After the game it was over and we always remained friends.
Donnie dropped by Bossier High a couple of weeks ago when school was out to visit. I was tying up some lose ends with our financial statement. Donnie pullednout his check book and wrote a check for $100 andmtold me to give it to my athletic program. This was them kind of man he was. When I became principal he was one of the first to congratulate me. A truly good man. I will miss ribbing him. Your Bearkat Family will miss you.
David Thrash Principal Bossier High School

Coach Danny Broussard

July 15, 2014

Donnie called two of my basketball games as I am from Lafayette and know that he made an impression on me that he cared about doing the best he could and was truly a professional. So sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences to the family!

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