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Arthur Browne "A.B." Simpson
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Birth: Jul. 21, 1895
Claiborne Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: May 28, 1976
Natchitoches Parish
Louisiana, USA

Veteran - U.S. Navy - WWI

Longtime Principal of Natchitoches High School, Natchitoches, Louisiana


Thanks to Find A Grave contributor Cheryl Cartwright for the following obituary...

Obituary from The Natchitoches Times, June 3, 1976.

Funeral Rites Held Sunday for Educator, A. B. Simpson

Funeral services for Arthur Browne Simpson, 80, were conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James E. Carter, pastor of Natchitoches First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in Memory Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Simpson, a longtime resident of Natchitoches an retired principal of Natchitoches High School, died Friday, May 28, in Natchitoches Parish Hospital.

He was born in Claiborne Parish near Arcadia and was the son of the late William Simpson and Mrs. Sara Jane Browne Simpson, who came to Louisiana in 1872 from Canada.

Mr. Simpson attended one-room schools near Arcadia and Arcadia High School, graduating in 1914. He competed in athletics in high school and won the high jump in the State Rally in Baton Rouge in 1914.

Following graduation he enrolled at Tulane University on a legislative scholarship and was graduated in 1918 with a BA degree. He also competed in athletics while at Tulane and lettered for four years in track. He also lettered in football and wresting.

Mr. Simpson served in the U. S. Navy for almost a year and studied at Tulane and taught Latin in New Orleans Academy.

In early September 1919, Mr. Simpson was one of ten athletes from the South selected to participate in an international track meet at Fort Dix, N. J. and in the National Amateur Athletic Union track meet in Philadelphia, PA.

He received his MA degree from Tulane in the summer of 1924 and did further graduate work at Tulane, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, and the University of Southern California.

Mr. Simpson taught and coached football and other athletic teams at Mobile, Ala. and Brookhaven, Miss, and in 1921 was elected principal of Central School in Lake Charles. In 1924 he became principal of Jennings schools and also taught at the University of Southwestern at Lafayette and Warren Easton and Fortier high schools in New Orleans.

In 1931, Mr. Simpson was employed by the Natchitoches Parish School Board as principal of Natchitoches High School and by Louisiana State Normal, now Northwestern State University, as supervisor of student teachers. He remained in this position for 28 years and retired in June 1959.

After retiring, Mr. Simpson continued to teach for several yars at Northwestern and at Georgia State College for Women at Milledgeville, Ga. He later was director of student teaching and taught at Murray State University at Murray, Ky.

Since leaving Murray, he and Mrs. Simpson have made their home in Natchitoches.

He was a member of the Baptist Church, the Rotary Club and the American Legion. He was a Mason.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Gertrude Foster Simpson, two daughters, Mrs. Sara Jane Smith of Dallas, Tex., and Mrs. Hazel Gibson of Natchitoches; one son, Jack Simpson of Alexandria; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were L.A. Smith III, Ronald Smith, William A. Gibson III, Arthur Walter Gibson, Gary Christian Gibson, Jack Kenneth Simposon, Jr., and Roland Cobb.

Honorary Pallbearers were Rodney Cline, Trent Melder, A. C. Rast, Percy Brown, Terry Miller, Dr. C. E. Dugdale, G. P. Geistwhite, Cary Johnson, Joe Pierson Dr. R. R. Sills, Tom Elkins, and G. E. Miller.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Gertrude Allene Foster Simpson (1896 - 1988)
 
 Children:
  Arthur Browne Simpson (1923 - 1932)*
  Sara Jane Simpson Smith (1925 - 2011)*
  Hazel Simpson Gibson (1929 - 2009)*
  Jackson Kenneth Simpson (1934 - 1976)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memory Lawn Cemetery
Natchitoches
Natchitoches Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: William Holly
Record added: May 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8851815
Arthur Browne A.B. Simpson
Added by: William Holly
 
Arthur Browne A.B. Simpson
Added by: William Holly
 
Arthur Browne A.B. Simpson
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My wife's brother, Dwight St. Andre, was a Senior at NHS in 1950. He tells of being on the 2nd floor, east end, one day prepared to drop water balloons on unsuspecting students exiting below him when Mr. Simpson walked out that door. Dwight backed away ...(Read more)
- William Holly
 Added: Nov. 1, 2012
A Salute to Mr. Simpson,
Our High School Principal

As we reminisce about our high school days,
We remember our principal in many ways.
Just closing our eyes we still can see
This admired man we secretly called A.B.

Mr. Simpson se...(Read more)
- John Ropp
 Added: Apr. 17, 2005
Mr. Simpson was the Principal at Natchitoches High School, Natchitoches, LA for many years. Tall and lanky he was reportedly an Olympic contender had war not interfered. I have heard it said that Mr. Simpson once remarked he was a teacher/principal at t...(Read more)
- William Holly
 Added: May. 31, 2004
 
 
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