Ethel <I>Winstead</I> Simpson

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Ethel Winstead Simpson

Scott County, Mississippi, USA
Death 13 Sep 2010 (aged 81)
Edwards, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Scott County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 58839369 · View Source
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Ethel Winstead Simpson, 81, died Monday, September 13, 2010 in Edwards.

Visitation is 9-11am Thursday, September 23, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Clinton. Funeral services will be at 11 am at the church. A graveside service is scheduled at 2:30 pm at Line Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Morton. Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon is handling arrangements.

Ethel was born in Scott County, Mississippi on March 7, 1929 to Effie Cooper Winstead and Thomas Asa Winstead. She graduated from Morton High School and spent 42 years working for Bell South Telephone Company prior to retiring in 1991.

Ethel was a resident of Clinton for the past 46 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton. A lifelong enthusiast of travel, music, dance, theatre, and social gatherings, Ethel spent her retirement years being of service to family members in need, volunteering as a host at museum exhibitions and election day voting centers, working in various capacities as a Bell South Pioneer Volunteer, attending Monday Christian Women's Business Luncheon at First Baptist Church of Jackson, and enjoying her association with people in bible studies and social organizations in the Jackson area. Mrs. Simpson was also a devoted and loyal wife, mother, sister and friend.

She is survived by her son, Ken Simpson of Houston, Texas; brother, Thomas Winstead of Pelahatchie; sister-in-laws, Lorraine Winstead of Pelahatchie and Dot Simpson of Morton and numerous nieces and nephews of whom she was proud and loved very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Simpson; parents, Thomas Asa and Effie Cooper Winstead; brothers, Herbert and Aubert Winstead; and sister, Mae Tucker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Henry and Ethel Simpson Scholarship Fund at the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, 119 College Drive #5210, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001.

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CLINTON, Miss. -- The Hinds County coroner said that a body found Friday near Edwards has been positively identified as that of a missing 81-year-old Clinton woman.

Ethel Winstead Simpson had been missing since Sept. 13, Clinton Chief Don Byington said.

The body was found by a hog farmer off Highway 22 at about 6:45 p.m. on Friday, police said.

Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said an autopsy Saturday revealed blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. Simpson was positively identified Monday through dental records, Grisham-Stewart said.

"It's a very brutal, very sad situation. A horrible way for anyone to lose their life, but for an 81-year old woman, it makes it that much worse," Grisham-Stewart said.

Simpson was last seen with convicted sex offender James Cobb Hutto, 39, of Alabama, Byington said. Hutto apparently was a guest working out at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton, where he struck up a conversation with Simpson who was there exercising, Byington said.

Hutto managed to get a ride from the widow back to the Clinton Comfort Inn, Byington said. Hutto and Simpson were seen later on the night of Sept. 13 entering and eventually leaving the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg, the chief said.

Police in Lee County, Ala., said they arrested Hutto Friday morning on charges of robbing and stabbing a man. He was driving 81-year-old Simpson's 2002 Mercedes, but Simpson was not with him, Byington said. Alabama police have also said that Hutto is suspected in the death of his aunt, in the Auburn, Ala., area.

During a news conference on Monday, Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said his agency has taken over the investigation.

Hutto has not been charged in connection with Simpson's disappearance.

McMillin said his investigation is still under way and the findings will be handed over to a grand jury.


Published May 25, 2013 by The Clarion-Ledger:

A Hinds County Circuit Court jury this afternoon found James Cobb Hutto guilty in the murder of elderly Clinton resident Ethel Simpson. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the verdict to Judge Bill Gowan.

Forty-one-year-old James Cobb Hutto was convicted of capital murder by a jury that deliberated Saturday for around two hours. He could face the death penalty.

Ethel Simpson's body was found September 17, 2010, near Edwards, Mississippi. She had died of blunt force trauma.

Hutto, of Jasper, Alabama, was arrested in Alabama allegedly while driving her car.

Hutto faces a murder charge in Birmingham for the September 2010 death of his 68-year-old great-aunt.

Investigators believe Hutto befriended Simpson on the walking track at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton. He is believed to have lured her away to casinos in Vicksburg before killing her.

Her family, including a brother she lived with in Clinton, reported her missing to Clinton police.

Simpson and Hutto were last seen entering the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg at 8:36 p.m. that September 13, then leaving the casino at 11:40 p.m.

After the case received extensive publicity in the Jackson area, a jury for Hutto's trial was selected in Oxford and transported to Hinds County.

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