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Daniel Reese Simpson

February 8, 1955November 14, 2020
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Daniel Reese Simpson passed away November 14, 2020 in Birmingham Alabama after a brief illness. He was born February 8, 1955 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Martha and Roscoe Simpson, Jr., who preceded him in death along with his brother, John R. Simpson (Sandye).

Survivors include "Dan's" wife of 25 years, Phyllis Morgan Simpson; sons, Spencer (Marcy) and Robby (Caralie); step-daughter, Christie Werner (Clark); step-son, J.D. Lott (Brittany); six grandchildren, Violet Simpson, Jordan Werner, Ava Werner, Zeke Werner, Charleston Lott, and Quinn Lott; and one brother, Stephen (Susan).

From a very young age, flying aircrafts was one of Dan's greatest passions. He was an alumnus of the University of Montevallo on a US. Air Force scholarship. At college, he met Jenny Bozeman, to whom he was later married. They were blessed with their two sons, Spencer and Robby.

After graduating from college, Dan served his country flying the still-active Boeing B-52 during the height of the Cold War. He also served as an instructor pilot and check pilot in the Air Force before beginning his dream job — flying for Delta Airlines — where he recently retired following a 30-year career.

Most recently at Delta, Dan was an International Captain of the Boeing 767. He often quipped, “If it ain’t Boeing, I don’t fly it.” Also during his Delta career, he met his wife, Phyllis Morgan Simpson, and together they enjoyed 25 years of love, travel, and adventure, especially at their home on Logan Martin Lake.

Dan never met a stranger. With his quick wit and ubiquitous smile, he could always warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. He loved his family, his church, flying, and service to his country and community. If Dan had a most favorite thing to do, it was flying Delta Airlines’ charter of SEC football teams to Bowl Games — especially if that team happened to be the Alabama Crimson Tide!

Visitation will be held Monday, November 23, 2020 from 10-11 a.m. at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama, immediately followed by A Service of Remembrance for Dan at 11 a.m. at the funeral home's chapel. A private gravesite committal service will be at Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dan Simpson’s memory to Pell City First United Methodist Church, www.pellcityfumc.org; Discovery United Methodist Church discoveryumc.org or the donor’s favorite charity.

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Bruce Boyle

November 22, 2020

Dan was one of the most cherished friends I ever had. His loss will be felt for a very long time and I will be forever saddened that we lost him at such a young age. From the minute our paths crossed at Air Force pilot training I knew I had met a friend for life. Though he has completed his journey to heaven I look forward to someday feeling his presence again. Danno. your spirit will live on in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the heartfelt sympathy I have for all who had the honor of being a part of Captain Dan's life. He was a special son, devoted father, loving husband and loyal friend and we all share in the grief of having to say goodbye to a great man.

Lee Higgins

November 17, 2020

Simpson family,
I saw the note about Dan's passing on the high school FB page today. Dan and I were in Air Force ROTC together in college, just as the nation got out of Vietnam. His love of flying was great, and the Air Force got a good one. Our careers never crossed, and I lost touch many years ago. Please know that we'll be praying for you during this difficult time. Trish and Lee Higgins

Missy Ray

November 16, 2020

My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God’s peace comfort all of you.

Kevin Fitzpatrick

November 16, 2020

Phyllis and family...we grieve with you and know that you will celebrate a life well-lived... from our very early days at Discovery, Dan was always a bright spot, smile, and a sense of humor that we all enjoyed..lots of laughs and tears over the years as we all learned together what it meant to learn and love our Lord...Mary and I pray for all of your peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead. much love

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Dan as a baby

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