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Johnny O. Simpson

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Johnny O. Simpson, 77

Johnny O. Simpson, 77, of Clarkridge passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Mountain Home. He was born on September 11, 1937 to Perry and Virgie Simpson. He was married to Betty Deatherage on March 18, 1976 in Mountain Home.

Johnny is survived by two step-children, Laura Williams and Steve Deatherage, one granddaughter, Hannah Evans of Mountain Home, brother, Jimmy Simpson and sisters; Lanell (Roger) Long of Gainesville, Sue (Wayne) Cobb of Gainesville and Marveloi (Gene) Carter of Clarkridge, step-grandchildren; Justin Williams, Heath Williams, Taylor Deatherage and Travis Deatherage all of the area. He is also survived by several step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one daughter, Lanette Renee (Rainey).

Johnny was a member of the BarNone Cowboy Church, a Mason, Shriner, a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion and a founding member of the Navy Fleet Reserve Association of Mountain Home and a founding member and Chief of the Clarkridge Fire Department.

Johnny joined the Navy in 1954 at the age of 17 and retired in 1975 as a Master Chief, the highest rank an enlisted person can receive. He was a very proud veteran. After retirement he moved back to his home at Clarkridge on the place his grandparents homesteaded in 1890. He owned a trailer manufacturing business, worked in construction and later went into the produce business. He loved being a "peddler" the Farmers Market on the square, and owned "Johnny O's" on Highway 5 North.

The most important thing Johnny ever did was when he accepted Christ a his Savior and was baptized. He was excited about his Salvation, reading the Bible and especially interested in the little Freewill Baptist Church at Clarkridge where he attended as a child.

Johnny loved all kinds of fishing, in lakes, rivers, ponds, and deep sea fishing. He loved his grandchildren, gardening and was an avid "storyteller."

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday with Bro. Tim Stevens, Danny Ponder, Don Lewis, and Gene Carter officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 1:00PM until service time. Burial will be Private. Memorials may be made to the Clarkridge Volunteer Fire Department or the Zion Free Will Baptist Building Fund. This obit was written with love Johnny's family.

Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home. Visit our online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com


Published in Baxter Bulletin on Oct. 22, 2014
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