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Billie Joyce Simpson

May 3, 1931 October 19, 2020
Billie Joyce Simpson
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Billie “Bam Baw” Skinner Simpson, 89, passed away on October 19th, 2020. She was born on May 3rd, 1931 to the late John B. and Lurah King Skinner and was raised in the Bethlehem community between Brinkley and Clarendon, Arkansas. She grew up on the farm and lived in a home that was her former schoolhouse where she spent most of her life. Billie was a gifted seamstress and loved making clothes. She worked at Van Heusen shirt factory for over 25 years. Eventually, she would open her own upholstery shop in her home in the early 1980s. More than this, she loved her Lord Jesus and His Church. As a member of Clarendon Missionary Baptist Church and former member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist, she was a children’s choir director for many years and taught Sunday School for teens and adult ladies. She was married to Leroy Simpson who was the love of her life. The two of them took kids to youth camps throughout the early years of their 54-year marriage. Billie was an amazing example of a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a hard worker, an excellent cook, and loved hosting people in her home. Each and every Sunday, she would prepare a feast for anyone who would come for a visit. She is survived by her sister Margaret Perkins, children, Diane Simpson Vance (Danny) and Kenny Simpson (Donna), grandchildren Ken Simpson (Keri), Heather McCarty (Chris), Tyler Vance (Angie), Kevin Simpson (Katie), Drew Vance (Susan), and great-grandchildren, Samuel McCarty, Jared Vance, Daniel McCarty, Seth Vance, Shelby Simpson, Connor Simpson, Ian Vance, Michael McCarty, Sidney Simpson, Tommy Vance, Nate Vance, Tyson Vance, Hailey Simpson, Maci Kate Simpson, and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert, Arnold, and Max Skinner.

All guests attending the graveside service at Shady Grove Cemetery on Wednesday October 21st are asked to wear proper face masks and practice social distancing.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

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