Lewis Simpson Obituary (1922 – 2023) – Cecilia, KY

Lewis Noel Simpson, 101, of Cecilia, died Monday, July 10, 2023, at the Radcliff Veterans Center, where he had resided for nearly the past eight months.

He was born April 2, 1922, in Caneyville. He moved his family to the Cecilia area in January of 1970, where he resided for more than 50 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring as a master sergeant in the fall of 1966. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, as well as a Bronze Star recipient. He also served multiple tours at Fort Knox and two tours in Germany prior to his retirement. Soon after retirement, he worked as a civilian at Fort Knox, ultimately retiring as a POL supervisor (inbound fuel distribution) for the Post. He was a well-known member of the Fort Knox community for several years. After 22 years in civil service, he retired to spend many years with his family and friends, tending annually to his garden, which he continued in some fashion until he was nearly 100 years old. He shared bushels of beans, tomatoes, greens, potatoes and corn with many friends and family members over the years. His joy and expertise in gardening was well known in the local area. For many summers, he could be seen giving trailer rides through the field to grandkids and great-grandkids, or sitting under his tree, chatting with friends on Sunday afternoons or just enjoying the shade, always waving at passersby. He was known by many names-depending on your relationship – Lewis, Noel, “Simmons,” Mr. Simpson or “Sarge.” Regardless, he seldom met someone he didn’t offer to help in some way or call a friend. He continued to make more close friends during the last several months in residential care, both at Helmwood in Elizabethtown and the Radcliff Veterans Center. He was a master Mason and lifetime member of the Caneyville Lodge and also a life member of the Elizabethtown Chapter of Disabled American Veterans.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophia Cleo Simpson; an infant son, Richard Alan Simpson; his parents, Charles B. Simpson and Callie Mae Simpson; two brothers, Everett and Lonnie; and three sisters, Wanda, Flora and Margie.

Survivors include his two sons, Ronald Earl of Garden Grove, California, and Thomas Nash (Betty) of Dallas, Oregon; a brother, Charles B. Simpson Jr. (Elizabeth) of Germany; a sister, Billie Ruth of Leitchfield; nine grandchildren and their spouses; 11 great-grandchildren; a large number of nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

A private family graveside service with military honors will be at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville. Livestream video will be available at Brown Funeral Home Elizabethtown Facebook page.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

Published by The News-Enterprise from Jul. 10 to Jul. 11, 2023.

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