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Elmer Norman Simpson

Elmer Norman Simpson, age 80, of Norman, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

He was born August 19, 1940, in Little Hope, the son of Edward Norman Simpson and Ester A. Brewer Simpson.  On December 24, 1960, he was married to Velma Lou Kiser Simpson, who preceded him in death on February 2, 2005.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Earnest Simpson; and two sisters, Helen Gortemiller and Eva Tanner.

Elmer will always be remembered for how he did things his own unique way, especially being known for saying just what he was thinking, whether you might like it or not.  He loved farming, took great pride in raising his cattle and livestock, and would not only haul cattle for himself but for many others.  With the help of his family, he also owned and operated a poultry laying house for several years.  He loved going to the cattle sale at the Cattleman’s Livestock Market in Glenwood, and whether he was there to work or just to enjoy and visit with all his friends, it was always a happy place for him.   

Elmer was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt and search for just that special deer, and now his family and friends will forever have many cherished hunting stories and special memories made together at deer camp.  He has passed on a love for hunting and raising animals, along with a wealth of knowledge on how to do just about anything.  Anyone who had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Elmer, most likely has a story of their own to share about him.  Above all else, Elmer’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, who he dearly loved with all his heart. He will truly be missed by everyone.

He is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, James Simpson of Sulphur Springs and Roger and Melanie Simpson of  Glenwood; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Leonard McCormick of Mena and Martha and Rickey Beshears of Oden; seven grandchildren, Rustin, Jerod, Chase, Levi, Makenna, Haley and Blakley; four great-grandchildren, Remington, Greyson, Kynlee and Kassidy; his sister, Evaughn Ralls; his sister-in-law, Margie Lewis of Mena; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of wonderful, life-long friends.

Graveside services were held at 2:30PM, Monday, in Sulphur Springs Cemetery with Bro. Kyle Cowart and Bro. Rusty Lewis officiating.

Visitation was held Monday, 9:30AM-11:00AM, in Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood.

Pallbearers were Allen Dabbs, Larry Jones, Mark Kizer, George Menezes, Jerry Ralls, Tim Shelley, Sam Waters and Randy Reed.

Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Simpson, Gary Simpson, Ronny Lenard, Richard Lane, the entire crew of Cattleman’s Livestock Market in Glenwood, Steven McGrew and Danny McGrew and their families.

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