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LAKELAND - Jeremiah "Joe" Grady Simpson, 28, of Tampa, Florida died unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
A Lakeland, Florida native, Jeremiah graduated with honors from George Jenkins High School and attended the University of Florida, studying mathematics and indulging Gator football. Jeremiah enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving first with the 52nd Signal Battalion, JNOC platoon, in Stuttgart, Germany then U.S. Army's 1-75 Cavalry Regiment, 2BCT, 101st Airborne Division, in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Gainesville, Florida to serve with the Army National Guard, to further his academic studies and to enjoy Gator football. Most recently, Jeremiah moved to Tampa to work for Tampa Sportservice, Inc. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Jeremiah is survived by his parents, Stephen and Donna Simpson (Lakeland), his mother Tracy Waterman (Tampa), grandfather Lonnie C. Simpson (Mulberry), grandparents Ronald and Shirley Allen (Lakeland), a devoted extended family and friends from all parts of the world.
Jeremiah's family and friends will celebrate his life on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the First Baptist Church at the Mall, 1010 East Memorial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33801. An informal gathering will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the celebration service will follow at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Jeremiah's family asks all to consider making a donation to the following: Ducks Unlimited, Inc. One Waterfowl Way Memphis, TN 38120. www.ducks.org/tributes/JeremiahSimpson 1-800-45-DUCKS. Wounded Warriors Sportsmen Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 2251, Bartow, Florida 33831.
Published in Ledger from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2013