Nellie Hawkins Simpson, 91, widow of Robert L. Simpson, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
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Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Minnie Chilton Hawkins.
Nellie was a 1938 graduate of Lawrenceburg City High School. She became co-owner with her sister of Hawkins Grocery. She later was employed by Kentucky State Government and retired after 20 years.
She was a member of the Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church and was the inspiration behind the creation of the church's Robert L. Simpson Life Center. She was also a member of the Anderson County Historical Society and the Humane Society.
Survivors include a brother, Wilton A. Hawkins of Montclair, N.J.; a niece, Patricia (Richard) Pantoja; a nephew, David (Janette) Carter of San Jose, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jean Willhoite.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy H. Houchin and a sister-in-law, Thelma (Teddy) Hawkins.
Visitation will be held Dec. 13 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Gibbons, the Rev. Karen Stigal and Al Peach officiating. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brent Hawkins, George Kinne, Todd Hyatt, David Mountjoy, Bobby Shryock, Mike Shryock, and Steve Freeman.
Honorary bearers will be Dave and Brenda Disponett, Louis and Nita Shryock, Lois Ann and Anna Marie Hyatt, and Jean Willhoite.
Memorial contributions may be made to Anderson County Scholarship Fund, 307 S. Main St., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 or Anderson County
, 106 Hamlin Way, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.
Published in The Anderson News on Dec. 12, 2012