Henry Lynn Simpson, 75, of Waycross, passed away late Sunday night, January 12, 2020, at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, following an extended illness.
Born October 29, 1944 in Waycross, he was the only son of John Henry and Bessie Brooks Simpson. He grew up in Waycross and graduated from Waycross High School in 1962. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force and then attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton. He obtained his Pharmacist degree from Mercer University in Macon. He lived in Lenox for several years where he owned and operated Lenox Drug before moving to Blackshear in 1985. He retired from Unison Behavioral Health (Satilla Mental Health) as the head pharmacist.
He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church in Pierce County and was a former member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear where he had taught Sunday school.
He enjoyed hobby farming and tending to his goats, cows, dogs, cats and other animals.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Johnnie Ruth Peacock.
Survivors include his two daughters, Dr. Valarie Jerome (husband James), Newbury, England and Lori Shae Walker (husband Adam), Patterson; his daughters’ mother and longtime wife and friend, Mary Hersey Simpson, Blackshear; six grandchildren, Rebecca Jerome, Jacob Jerome and Ava Jerome, all of Newbury, England and Jasper Walker, Ethan Walker and Ellie Walker, all of Patterson; a sister, Juanita Sears (husband Andrew), Blackshear; a special nephew and family, Billy, Michelle and Justin Simpson, Waycross and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation will take place from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the funeral home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, from the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Jordan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, PO Box 667, Blackshear, Georgia 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.