Simpson, Donald Edward

Donald Edward Simpson, 92, of Radford, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Born July 27, 1925, he was a United States Marine and served in WWII in Okinawa. Donald was also a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church.


He oversaw the design and construction of the sanctuary addition to the church and played on the church softball team for many years. He also was an avid bowler with his Arsenal bowling team and played football for Clemson. His fondest memories include spending time with and taking care of Phyllis, traveling and camping with the Road Runners and his favorite dog, Rusty. He was preceded in death by his parents, George H. and Agnes Childress Simpson.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Phyllis Thomas Simpson; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Chuck Moody of Richmond; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Ruth Simpson of Richmond; grandchildren, Jennifer, Chris, Michael, Kate and Sgt. Parker; a sister, Emma Jean Thomas; and a brother, George Simpson.

The family would like to thank everyone in the Radford community who helped Don and Phyllis over the 56 years they made it their home, most especially their neighbors and church family.

The family will receive friends from 12 until 1 p.m. today, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Central United Methodist Church in Radford. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. with Rev. Don Shelor officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Central United Methodist Church General Fund, 803 Wadsworth St., Radford, VA 24141.

The Simpson family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

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