William Ray Simpson
William Ray Simpson
  • November 15, 1928 - December 16, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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William Ray "Bill" Simpson went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2017, at age 89. Bill passed away in Houston, Texas, after a brief illness. Born in Mexia, Texas on November 15, 1928, Bill was the only child of William "Sonny" and Mayna Anderson Simpson. Having grown up in an East Texas oil field, Bill was always interested in the oil business. After earning a Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Bill served two years in the United States Air Force, before beginning his 33 year career with Humble Oil/Exxon. Bill's compassion and concern for others, and willingness to share his professional expertise fostered respect and appreciation from his colleagues. After retirement, Bill developed a love of painting, delighting friends and family members with gifts of his artwork. Tallowood Baptist Church was also an important part of Bill's life since moving to Houston 47 years ago.

Bill is survived by his dearly loved wife of 66 years, Anne McKenna Simpson; daughter, Suzanne Fanning and husband, Bill; and grandson, Matthew, all of Houston. Bill's survivors also include step-grandaughters, Marianne DeBenedictis and Christan Sistrunk, and their families. He was preceded in death by son, Steven.

Visitation is at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. A funeral service, at Memorial Oaks, will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, followed by interment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.