December 22, 1928 – December 28, 2020
Edward Lee Simpson passed away Monday, December 28, 2020 after a long and blessed life.
Ed was born in Union County December 22, 1928 on his mother’s birthday. He was the son of the late Frank Fincher Simpson and Blanche Helms Simpson both of Union County.
Frank and Blanche Simpson had 8 children; Kathleen Simpson Spittle, Edward L. Simpson, Josephine Simpson Griffin, Audrey Simpson Polk, Shirley Simpson Fly, Frank F. Simpson, Jr., Hoyle F. Simpson (infant) and Bobby J. Simpson (infant). Ed was the last remaining child in his family.
Edward is also preceded in death by his loving wife of almost 70 years, Doris Marie Clawson Simpson.
He is survived by his son Douglas Edward Simpson (Pat Clontz) Monroe, his daughter Martha Simpson Wolf (Keith Wolf) Albemarle, two grandchildren; Dr. Alexander K. Wolf (Irena Liu) Ann Arbor, MI and Hope Marie Wolf (Matthew Hill) Richmond, VA. Other surviving family members include a number of beloved nieces and nephews who were thoughtful to keep in touch with Ed when he became a resident in assisted living.
During their marriage Ed and Doris were very active in church and community organizations such as volunteers for Union County Board of Elections, Community Care Clinic, Council on Aging, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and Union County Senior Center. They maintained close relationships with friends and family members in the congregations of New Hope Methodist Church, West Monroe Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Monroe. All were very dear to them. Ed was willing to participate or assist when needed as choir member, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, child care volunteer, usher, Deacon, whatever or however he could lend a helping hand.
Edward had excellent health for almost all of his 92 years. As a result he enjoyed working part-time at numerous organizations after his retirement. He and Doris were fortunate enough to make trips all across the United States and Europe together for years with organized travel groups such as Christian Tours, Burke Tours, Cattleman’s Association, Majestic Tours and the Senior Center.
The last few years Ed was a resident at Woodhaven Court Assisted Living Community in Albemarle, NC. The staff there deserve special recognition for their dedication to residents during the COVID 19 pandemic and resulting quarantine. Over and above their usual responsibilities they make every attempt to fill the gap that developed when family members were no longer allowed to visit.
A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Friday, January 8, 2020 in Lakeland Memorial Park. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is assisting the Simpson Family. Memorials may be sent to New Hope Methodist Church, 3221 Plyler Mill Rd, Monroe, NC 28112.
Friday, January 8, 2021
January 6, 2021
My children were just talking about Mr. Ed yesterday and saying how they remembered him always having candy in church and handing it to them in secret. Of course I always knew because he gave me one too. Such a sweet welcoming soul. I enjoyed working with him through the Joy Club at West Monroe. I loved him and Mrs.Doris both!
January 6, 2021
I grew up as a neighbor of Doris and Ed. He use to take us blackberry picking. So many wonderful memories of them. They attended my Mothers 90 th birthday party. Loved them very much. May God give the family peace. He is now back with Doris. You could always expect a piece of peppermint candy from Ed🙏🙏❤️❤️✝
January 6, 2021
(Uncle) Ed was such a fun guy. He would always have a funny story to tell. I loved going to visit with him and (Aunt) Doris before they moved. We had a lot of good times talking and laughing and eating lots of candy! He always had some kind of candy in his pocket for everyone he met! I was pretty lucky after he found out my favorite candy bar was a Mr.Goodbar. There was always one waiting for me at their house! He was kind, sweet and thoughtful like that! Everyone in the family is in our prayers. Love, Megan & Dusty Wallace
January 3, 2021
Ed, Martha & family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your father.
I have fond memories of visiting Ed and bringing him something sweet to eat (especially Rachel’s brownies.) He would dig right in and he always expressed how much he appreciated the visit and the dessert. The peace of Christ be with you as you journey through the days ahead.
Johanna & Larry MIller
January 1, 2021
Sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you .
December 31, 2020
I'm sure you all know what dear friends Doris and Ed were to me. We had some great adventures together, and I still have lots of good memories.
Blessings on your whole family.
December 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ed. He was a fine gentleman and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Patricia (Pat) Carpenter
December 30, 2020
Ed, Martha and family, thoughts and prayers to all of you. Mr Ed was a wonderful person, always loved talking with him. He will be missed.
❤🙏 Benny and Pat
December 29, 2020
Eddie, Pat, Martha, Keith and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad, who was a great man. He was like family to me as I have loved him my whole life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Becky Hill and Family