James C. “Simp” Simpson, Jr., 74, of Macon, MS. passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS surrounded by his family.
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church in Macon, MS with military honors. The Rev. Sandra Brown and Rev. Andy Pearson will be officiating the service. A visitation will be held at the church from 9 AM until service time on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FUMC, P.O. Box 162, Macon, MS 39341 or Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20970 or online at vva.org.
“Simp”, as he was called by his family and friends, was born on September 3, 1947, in Macon, MS to the late James Calvin and Lillie Mae Higginbotham Simpson. He was a 1965 graduate of Noxubee County High School where he was an All- Star baseball player for the Tigers. During his career as a baseball player, he only allowed three errors. Simp graduated from East Mississippi Junior College and joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1969 until 1972. During the Vietnam War, he served as a Sergeant (E5) and was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 device. Upon returning from the war, Simp received his B.S. in Agriculture from Mississippi State University. He then began his own business, Simpson Agricultural Consultant Services, and consulted for over forty years for many Delta farmers. He was a longtime member of the MS Agriculture Consultants Association where he once served as President and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. Simp was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Macon, MS and a longtime member of the Becomers Sunday School Class. He was an avid MSU sports fan and a member of the Bulldog Club. He enjoyed attending baseball, basketball, and football games there as often as possible. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed all types of hunting, fishing and especially turkey hunting.
Simp was married to the former Linda Lindley and they are the parents of Reid and his wife Amy and Lindley and her husband Brad Peterson. He also has six grandchildren, Hailey, Beau and Avery Kate Simpson and Lauren, Cal and Brett Peterson.
Simp is preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Wade R Lipscomb, Jr.