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 at 2:00 p.m. 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.