Samuel Joseph “Joe” Simpson, MMA chairman of the board for 1967-68, passed away Friday, July 25, in Winona. Mr. Simpson was a well-known civic and business leader in Winona for more than four decades.
He was born in Winona, the sixth of eight children. After graduating from Winona High School and the University of Mississippi School Of Business, he attended the University of Texas law school. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, from 1942 until 1945, then returned to the University of Mississippi to earn a law degree.
Mr. Simpson practiced law in Winona from 1948-1953, and served as mayor of Winona from 1949-1953. He joined Screw Conveyor Corporation in Winona in 1953 and worked in various positions until retirement as Winona plant manager in 1986. After retirement from Screw Conveyor, he managed an extensive family tree farming operation in Carroll County, Mississippi.
After reaching age 62, Mr. Simpson competed in approximately 40 long distance foot races, including the Mississippi Marathon, New Orleans Marathon, Boston Marathon, Peachtree Run in Atlanta, Memphis in May run and Gum Tree run in Tupelo.
He was an active member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church from childhood, including service as Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and Chairman of Official Board.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Jean Mann, and is survived by their children Lidell Mann Simpson of Ridgeland and Nita Jean Simpson Henry, wife of James Robert “Bobby” Henry, of Madison; a sister, Vivian “Bibby” Cottingham of Nashville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to Moore Memorial United Methodist Church, Family Life Center Fund, 201 Magnolia Street, Winona, MS 38967.