OBITUARY

Alidiah Brianna Marie Simpson

March 14, 2005June 29, 2018
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Alidiah Brianna Marie Simpson, 13, was received into the arms of our Heavenly father during the morning hours of Friday, June 29, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side after a courageous battle with DIPG. Alidiah was born on March 14, 2005 in Kingsport, TN to Ronald & Danielle Simpson.

Alidiah was a 7th grader at Jonesborough Middle School where she enjoyed playing volleyball. Alidiah was the strongest, bravest, little girl that always kept a smile on her face. She was very outgoing and loved everyone. She enjoyed crafts and painting. Alidiah was a loving sister, daughter, granddaughter, and friend to all; she will be sorely missed.

Alidiah was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Billy Crawford; maternal grandmother, Brenda Necessary; and paternal grandmother, Rinda Simpson.

Left to cherish her memories are her beloved parents who stood by her side during her courageous battle, Danielle & Ronald Simpson; two brothers, Hayden Crawford and Trevor Simpson; grandfathers, Larry Simpson and Tracy Necessary; great grandmothers, Edith Blakley and Emma Armstrong; aunts, Jennifer Tipton, Robin Smith, and Rhonda Simpson; special uncle, Billy Crawford; uncles, Reggie Simpson and Charles Ellis; special cousin, Alyssa Simpson; special friends, Angie Kidd and Andy Mount; several cousins and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday (July 1, 2018) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gunnings Baptist Church (199 Shipley Ferry Rd., Blountville, TN 37617). Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Bob Ferguson officiating.

Alidiah will be laid to rest on Monday (July 2, 2018) at noon in the Garden of the Mausoleum at East Lawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Marcus Simpson, Hunter Simpson, Trevor Simpson, Hayden Crawford, Kevin Lawson, and Tracy Necessary. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to DIPG Awareness (800-887-1959 or www.extendyourreach.com).

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the faculty and staff of Jonesborough Middle School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the staff of Wellmont Hospice for the love and affectionate care that was both given and shown to Alidiah during her courageous battle with DIPG.

Online condolences may be made to the Simpson family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Simpson family.

  • FAMILY

  • Danielle & Ronald Simpson, Her Beloved Parents
  • Hayden Crawford, Trevor Simpson, Two Brothers
  • Larry Simpson, Tracy Necessary, Grandfathers
  • Billy Crawford, Maternal Grandfather - deceased
  • Brenda Necessary, Maternal Grandmother - deceased
  • Rinda Simpson, Paternal Grandmother - deceased
  • Edith Blakley, Emma Armstrong, Great-Grandmothers
  • Jennifer Tipton, Robin Smith, Rhonda Simpson, Aunts
  • Billy Crawford, Special Uncle
  • Reggie Simpson, Charles Ellis, Uncles
  • Alyssa Simpson, Special Cousin
  • Angie Kidd, Andy Mount, Special Friends
  • Several Cousins, Other
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Marcus Simpson
  • Hunter Simpson
  • Trevor Simpson
  • Hayden Crawford
  • Kevin Lawson
  • Tracy Necessary

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, July 2, 2018
REMEMBERING

Alidiah Brianna Marie Simpson

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Debbie Miller

July 1, 2018

I want to let you know how so very sorry I am for the loss of Alidia. She was a beautiful girl inside and out and my heart is broke because she is gone. I live up the road, I'm Cole's cousin Debbie. You're in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time, if I can do anything for you, please let me know.

Sabrena Hughes

July 1, 2018

Lil McCoy

June 30, 2018

I had the honor of meeting this young lady last year. We went out to lunch with her and her mom. My daughter Precious a nd her friend Angie introduced me to her, I was struggling with cancer and chemo and so was she. I was getting chemo every other week and she was receiving it weekly multiple times. She never complained and she kept a smile. I wanted to give up and give in but she showed me she wouldn’t. I came back to Texas with something she instilled in me and that was to fight and appreciate every day that God has given me. Thank you Alidiah for allowing me to see the God in you. Thank God I know you are still smiling and in his arms. Family I know it is hard but remember how Alidiah would want u to be, know that she is smiling down on y’all and she kept the faith. God gave you an Angel for 13 years!! Hold on to the memories and keep the faith!!

Leighann Rhea

June 30, 2018

Im very sad to hear Alidiah passed on. She was so sweet and after I would take Dylan to school she always made it a point to greet me with a big smile and a wave. I cant imagine the pain her Mom and Dad and brothers are experiencing. You all are in my heart and prayers.
Leighann Rhea and Dylan Sims

Teresa Salyer

June 30, 2018

Ronald so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I know she is happy and playing in Heaven.

Trish Bingham (aka Ms. Theresa)

June 29, 2018

Alidiah was such a sweet and special girl. I remember when the kids would come to church, and before they would leave her and Alyssa would come and ask me what day I would be up there cleaning so they could come help. They always watched for my car to be there and, would come running , we would have such a great time talking and laughing!!! She was such a bright light with such a strong faith , what a wonderful blessing she was to so many . Mt. Vernon Independent Methodist will miss her deeply!!!

Joseph Gragg

June 29, 2018

She was very sweet and brave little girl she used come in waffle while I was working for my dear ex district manager Danielle Simpson always remember alidiah r.i.p. sweet.angel

Regina Bailey

June 29, 2018

Our prayers are with the family at this time.I remember when Alidiah lived down the road from us and her and my daughter Hymiley would play together.they would be all around the neighborhood,riding their bikes,and going on their adventures.laughing and talking about girl talk.things that girls their age do.Alidiah was always smiling and always ready for an adventure.Her smile would brighten a room.She will be missed by all who was lucky enough to know her.She has been through alot but proved she was strong,God just needed an Angel and he chose a good one with a smile that could brighten the Heavens.RIP sweet girl,Hymiley said she misses you but knows you are in a better place.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

      To Alidiah Brianna Marie Simpson, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Alidiah, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Alidiah really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Alidiah was born on March 14, 2005 at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee. Her parents were Ronald and Danielle Simpson. Alidiah was raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. Even as a child, Alidiah had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Alidiah was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Alidiah managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Alidiah was raised with two siblings. She had two older brothers, Hagen and Trevor.

      All of Alidiah's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Alidiah experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in volleyball. In her spare time she liked to talk with all her friends. Alidiah's memorable achievements included making the volleyball team and cross country.

      Alidiah never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Alidiah to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Alidiah delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Alidiah was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Alidiah utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Kaleigh Feathers, Kealy Hobbs, Ralissa Hugos, Sebrena Hugos and Lexis Kidd. Later in life, she became friends with Kealy Hobbs and Ralissa Hughs. Alidiah loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Alidiah recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Gunnings Baptist Church for ten years.

      Naturally outgoing and generous, Alidiah was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Alidiah was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included volleyball and cross country.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Alidiah just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included going to the beach.

      Alidiah was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Alidiah's favorites was Tucker, a dog she love so much. They were best friends for Almost a year. Her family was rounded out by her two dogs, Batman and ?, and a cat called Tiger.

      Alidiah passed away on June 29, 2018 at At home with family and friends. Alidiah bravely fought a brain cancer tumor. She is survived by her Mom, Dad and two brothers. Services were held at East Lawn Funeral Home in Kingsport, Tennessee. Alidiah was laid to rest in East Lawn Memorial Park in Kingsport, Tennessee.

      Alidiah brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Alidiah Brianna Marie Simpson lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.

Alidiah was a 7th grader at Jonesborough Middle School where she enjoyed playing volleyball. Alidiah was the strongest, bravest, little girl that always kept a smile on her face. She was very outgoing and loved everyone. She enjoyed crafts and painting. Alidiah was a loving sister, daughter, granddaughter, and friend to all; she will be sorely missed.

Alidiah was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Billy Crawford; maternal grandmother, Brenda Necessary; and paternal grandmother, Rinda Simpson.

Left to cherish her memories are her beloved parents who stood by her side during her courageous battle, Danielle & Ronald Simpson; two brothers, Hayden Crawford and Trevor Simpson; grandfathers, Larry Simpson and Tracy Necessary; great grandmothers, Edith Blakley and Emma Armstrong; aunts, Jennifer Tipton, Robin Smith, and Rhonda Simpson; special uncle, Billy Crawford; uncles, Reggie Simpson and Charles Ellis; special cousin, Alyssa Simpson; special friends, Angie Kidd and Andy Mount; several cousins and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday (July 1, 2018) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gunnings Baptist Church (199 Shipley Ferry Rd., Blountville, TN 37617). Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Bob Ferguson officiating.

Alidiah will be laid to rest on Monday (July 2, 2018) at noon in the Garden of the Mausoleum at East Lawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Marcus Simpson, Hunter Simpson, Trevor Simpson, Hayden Crawford, Kevin Lawson, and Tracy Necessary.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to DIPG Awareness (800-887-1959 or www.extendyourreach.com).

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the faculty and staff of Jonesborough Middle School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the staff of Wellmont Hospice for the love and affectionate care that was both given and shown to Alidiah during her courageous battle with DIPG.

Alidiah was the bravest little girl ever. She was so smart and beautiful and had a heart of gold. She was the light of my life and she fought so hard and I am so proud of her. Alidiah is an amazing girl and so inspirational. She is my ANGEL FOREVER!

Online condolences may be made to the Simpson family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Simpson family.