Obit: Akin Simpson, Commissioner An Prominent Farmer Dies Saturday
Just one day before his term as county commissioner from precinct No 4 would have expired, Akin Simpson, 53, long time resident and prominent farmer stockman of Howard county, died at a local hospital Saturday midnight.
He had been suffering from an heart involvement and had been in serious condition for several days.
Funeral was set fro 3 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist church with the Rev Dick O'Brien, pastor, in charge. Burial was to be in the city cemetery with the Roy Fuller post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of graveside services. VFW members were to serve as pallbearers.
Mr Simpson was serving out his second term as county commissioner at the time of his death.
Born April 5, 1891 in Coryell County, Texas, he came to Howard County two score years ago and had engaged in arming and stock raising since that time except to serve in the first World War.
In addition to carrying on a progressive program of farming and stock breeding, Mr Simpson also found time to lead in community activities.
Surviving are his widow; five sons, A.M. Simpson, student at Texas A & M College, Pvt Delbert Simpson, U.S. Army, Harold, Billy Bo and Nolan Simpson. all at the family home in northern Howard County; four brothers, J.H. Simpson, Tatum, NM, W.F. Simpson, Post, Monta Simpson, Brownfield, and Edward Simpson, Rail route. Among other relatives to be here for services are two nieces, Mrs. J.M. Wilcox, Hermleigh, and Mrs J.R. Layfield, Big Spring, Eberley Curry Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
* * Signed by Judge James T Brooks, J.E. Brown, H.T. Hale, R.L. Nall and Earl Hull, resolutions were adopted by the county commissioners court Monday mourning the death of Akin Simpson.
"In the years of his association with the commissioners court of Howard County, we found him to be honorable and to have the courage of convictions" said the resolution. "His experience, good judgement and wise counsel proved valuable to his fellow members of this court.
"His service to the County of Howard, as a member of this court and as a good citizen and as a good soldier in the service of his country will long be remembered."
In grateful appreciation of his service the resolution expressed "deep regret (at) the passing of Akin Simpson and sttest to the support that he has given this court in the years he has served as county commissioner and the service that he has otherwise given to the county, and the service that he has fiven to our nation in the time of war, he having been a member of the armed forces of our Country in the Expeditionary Forces in France in World War No. 1; we here state that Akin Simpson was a good citizen."
Source: Big Spring Herald, Big Spring, TX. Monday 1 Jan 1945, page 1 & 8.