Billy Paul Simpson MATADOR- Church services for Billy Paul Simpson, 79, of Northfield will be held at 2 p.m. Monday August 27, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Matador with Bro. Patrick Adair and Bro. Nathan Mulder officiating. Interment will be held at the Northfield Cemetery under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home of Matador. There will be a visitation on Sunday August 26, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1804 Main Street in Matador. Billy Paul was born and raised in Northfield. Members of his family settled the community of Northfield in Northeast Motley County in 1897. He attended school at Northfield, Estelline, and Matador. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955. As a young 18 year old, he bought a truck and helped haul cattle when the Matador Ranch was dispersing their herd. As a 21 year old, he purchased combines from his uncle and followed the wheat harvest for four years. After marrying Betty Davis in 1960, Billy Paul began a lifelong career of farming and ranching in Motley County. At one time, he owned and operated the Moline and David Brown tractor dealership in Matador along with a well service. Billy Paul was a director at Flomot Farmer's Gin and also a director of the Upper Pease Soil and Water Conservation District. He was also a caretaker of the Northfield Cemetery for many years. He especially helped keep the equipment going. Billy Paul was a self-made engineer who built most of his equipment himself. In his later years he also designed and manufactured RV steps. Billy Paul was a participant in a cancer research program for 16 months in San Antonio. He was the second person to receive an experimental drug that will probably be on the market soon. Billy Paul was a hard worker but enjoyed traveling and time with family as well. He especially loved to spend time with his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them camping and on family vacations. He is survived by his wife, Betty Simpson of Northfield; one daughter, Tanya Multer and husband Warren of Matador; three grandchildren, Cory Multer of Lubbock, Amy Multer of Dumas, Katy Multer of Lubbock; one brother, Gayland Simpson and wife Jo of Midland; five brothers-in-laws, H.E. Davis and wife Betty of Wellington, Harry Davis and wife Beverly of Rogue River, Oregon, Jacky Davis and wife Barbara of Burleson, Texas., Kenneth Davis and wife Donell of Matador, and Danny Davis and wife Judy of Iowa Park; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Daniels of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family has asked that memorials be made to Northfield Cemetery, c/o Susan Jameson, 1671 FM 94 Northfield, TX 79201, Motley County, Senior Citizens, PO Box 184 Matador, TX 79244, or We Can Care Childress, 330 Main Childress, TX 79201.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 27, 2012