The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 8, 2013

Walter R. Simpson

JOPLIN, Mo. — Walter Russell Simpson, 73, passed away at Mercy Hospital Joplin, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013.

Walter was born Nov. 23, 1940, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Roy Simpson and Lettie Bailey Simpson.

Walter was a resident of Diamond for the past three years and a lifetime resident, of Rogers, Ark. He worked as Quality Control for the past 15 years and retired from Tyson Foods. He was a member of the Diamond Christian Church, Diamond Mo.

Walter was united in marriage to Gayla Youngblood Nov. 23, 1985, in Rogers, she survives.

Walter is survived by his wife; four sons, Earcle Simpson and wife, Darla, of Bentonville, Roy Simpson, Rodney Simpson and Myron Sidman, of Rogers; two daughters, Michelle Musical and husband, Nick, of Fayetteville and Lori Rollins, of Rogers; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Walter is preceded by his parents; three sisters, Joyce Pollard, Corrine Letter and Nancy Comer; and one brother, Rodney Simpson.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Diamond Christian Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Diamond Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Diamond Christian Church in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

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