Asburn Walter Simpson, 99, of Monticello passed away on March 23, 2020 at Belleview Nursing Home in Monticello.
He was born on September 7, 1920, in Drew County to the late Promber and Carrie Hale Simpson.
Mr. Simpson confessed a hope in Christ and joined Green Mount AME Church and remained a member until his health failed and he moved to Annswood Apartments in Monticello. He united with Kennedy Boulevard Church of Christ under the leadership of Pastor Charlie Vincent, Jr. and remained there until his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife for 55 years, Mrs. Nettie Jane Ridgell, and three of his 10 children, Walter David Simpson, Odenia Simpson Lucas, and Agnes Simpson Lucas.
He loved music and enjoyed singing. He was a member of the Drew County Singing Convention. You could walk in the room and he would strike up a song and sing to everyone that came to visit him in the room.
He leaves to cherish his memories, three sons, Johnnie (Gwen) Simpson, Tommie (Mae) Simpson and Roy (Beverly) Simpson, all of Monticello; four daughters, Linda Raye Simpson, Annette (Robert) Gardner, Clemy Lambert, all of Monticello, and Gwen (Ronnie) McKenzie of Pine Bluff; 35 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren, 29 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and a very special friend, Pastor Walter Carter Tucker of Georgia.
A private graveside service will be held on Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at Green Mount Cemetery. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.