Obituary: Jimmy Alvin Simpson, Sr.


Jimmy Alvin Simpson, Sr., the mayor and life-long resident of Diaz, departed this life unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Jimmy was born on Aug. 16, 1953, in Newport, the son of Jack and Syble Runyon Simpson.

He was a devoted father, grandfather (Tataw), son and brother.

Before he became mayor in Diaz on Jan. 1, 2019, Jimmy served on the City Council for 12 years. He volunteered on Diaz Fire Department for over thirty years and was currently serving as Lieutenant. Jimmy retired from Stephenson Oil Company on Oct. 16, 2019, after dedicating twenty years as their manager. He loved his work. As a friend, Jimmy was fiercely loyal, trustworthy, strong, honest and open. He made an impact and difference in so many people’s lives. He gave of himself to others with all his heart, mind, body, and spirit. He had a terrific sense of humor, and if he poked fun at you, it was because he loved you. Jimmy enjoyed going hunting, but above all, he loved his family whole heartily.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Simpson; and sister, Syble “Sissy” Simpson

Jimmy knew that family is where life begins and love never ends.  In addition to his mother, Syble Simpson, he leaves his son, Jimmy Simpson, II. and wife Kaitlyn; grandchildren, Parker Cole and Sawyer Alvin; brother, Rickey Simpson and wife Patty; sister, Angie McGee and husband Pat; nephews, Patrick McGee and wife Jesse, niece, Michelle Brown; great-nephews, Jack McGee, Logan, and Landon Morris; great-great-nephew, Brayden Morris; great-great niece, Keeley Morris; several uncles, aunts, and cousins; and a host of friends.

Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.

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