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John William Simpson
John William Simpson

John William Simpson, Sr., a native of Covington who resided in the Tabb area of Yorktown for the past 60 years, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Riverside Regional Medical Center. He was 82.

Mr. Simpson was born in St. Albans, W.V. and graduated from Bowling Springs High School. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He loved and served his church family over 50 years and held many positions in the church.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He graduated from the NASA Apprentice School and retired as an engineering technician in 1984 after 30 years of service. He continued to work for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He was a ham radio enthusiast and received numerous awards, achievements and recognition from NASA, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He was the co-author on numerous patents, including what was known as the Simpson probe. He worked until Jan. 10, 2014 at the ripe old age of 82.

He was a devoted and faithful husband and father, involved grandfather, cherished friend and valued co-worker.

He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy; daughter, Angela; parents, Maggie Lee Simpson and Lee Edward Simpson; and brothers, Franklin and Jack.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lois June Simpson; daughter, Deborah June Jutras and her husband, Kenny; son, John William Simpson, Jr. and his wife, Rhonda; brother, Dan Simpson; sister, Rosemary Curry; grandchildren, Chad, Karissa, Tyler, Daniel and Casey; and great-grandsons, Chase and Sawyer.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. John Mattern and his staff at Virginia Oncology and to all of the nurses and staff on the oncology ward at Riverside Hospital who provided his care so graciously, making his last days as gentle and painless as possible.

“Cancer is so limited it cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot corrode faith, it cannot eat away peace, it cannot destroy confidence, it cannot kill friendship, it cannot shut out memories, it cannot silence courage, it cannot reduce eternal life, it cannot quench the spirit, it cannot lessen the power of resurrection.”

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church, Yorktown. A celebration life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday March 29, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Echols officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. A reception with light refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall following the graveside service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Grace Bible Camp, 111 Bible Camp Lane, Goshen, VA, 24439.

Please leave online condolences for the family in the comment section below. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.


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