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Billy Joe Simpson

1936 - 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Billy Joe Simpson

Billy Joe Simpson of Azle, born June 24, 1936, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 12, 2020, after battling Covid-19 at the age of 84.

Memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at Walnut Creek Baptist Church, 220 W. Reno Road, Azle, Texas, with Rev. Shane Scott officiating. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers please donate to Texas Baptist Men.

He lived an amazing blessed life making God, Country and Family his top priorities. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama to Claude and Lennie Simpson, and was spoiled by his four siblings as the baby of the family. He served his country honorably as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam. He married Merian Elloween McKeehan in 1959 raising five children. They moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1975 when he went to work for Bell Helicopter and earned the nickname ‘Grinner’ then retired as a Quality Flight Supervisor after 40 years. They lived in Haltom City, Texas for several years before moving to Azle, Texas in 1998 in anticipation of retirement. He loved their country life on four acres enjoying everything it entailed. They became members of Walnut Creek Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a Deacon and incredible friend for several years. He will be missed greatly here on earth but is with his Heavenly Father and will forever be an example of a life led by God and a life well-lived.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings, Iris Freeman, Claudine Moses, Russell Simpson and Ray Simpson; daughter, Tammy Sue; and grandson, U.S. Army PFC Joshua Aaron Simpson.

Survivors include four sons, Hugh and Becky Simpson of Bethesda, Maryland with their daughters, Sarah and Mary; Cliff and Lisa Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas with their sons, Daniel, Andrew, Nathan and Timothy; Leonard Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas with his daughters, Lauren and Julie; Bryan and Misty Simpson of Azle, Texas with their sons, Slade, Jake, Jaxon and Shane and an incredible amount of devoted nieces, nephews and church family.

The Azle News, Dec. 30, 2020 Edition