Nellie Mae Simpson

Apr 17, 2014

In Loving Memory

CANTON — Nellie Mae Simpson, of Canton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the age of 95.

Nellie Simpson was born Feb, 9, 1919, in Greenville, South Carolina, to the late Janie and Henry Simpson. While just a young teenager, Nellie decided to leave Greenville and settle down in the big city of New York. She resided there for over 50 years. She retired from working at Belvue Hospital in New York after 30 years. Shortly after retirement, Nellie went to live in Houston Texas, to take care of her older sister, Goldie Simpson. After her sister’s recuperation, they both decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to live. Nellie lived there for another 20 years until her sister passed in 2006. While living in Los Angeles, Nellie joined the Dream Center Angelus Temple Church and was a faithful and devoted member. Although she didn’t have transportation to get to church, Nellie would have to catch the bus and make several bus transfers before getting to the church. But that did not deter her one bit; she never missed church, rain or shine.

Nellie was also a faithful missionary. She would prepare meals in her home and invite all the senior residents who lived in her senior citizens complex to come down and eat. Nellie also loved to sing. She joined a traveling singing group and sang at many churches in the Los Angeles area. She also performed in some Broadway shows.

It was not until she turned 88 years old that Nellie’s health began to decline. It was then that she decided it best to move to Canton, to live with her favorite niece for the next several years. She joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church shortly after coming to Canton where she continued to faithfully attend and worship. Nellie also was an active participant in the Canton Senior Citizens Program. As her health continued to decline, she took up residence at the Pigeon Valley Assistant Living Complex. From there, she was moved to the Silver Buff Nursing Home where she peacefully transitioned on to be with the Lord. Her humor and strong courage will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Nellie was preceded in death by her two brothers, George and Jake Simpson; two sisters, Nan and Goldie Simpson; and two nephews, George and Charles Simpson.

Left to cherish her memory are three nieces, Sandra Ray Issac (Mose), of Long Island, New York, Sharon Coleman (Jerry), of Arkansas City, Arkansas, and Jean Hall (Boyd), Canton; and four nephews, Joe Simpson, of Canton, Michael Simpson, of Los Angeles, California, Dean Simpson, of Maggie Valley, and Danny Simpson, of Averne, New York; a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and also a dear and loving friend, Lois Shivers, from Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Canton. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Gibsontown Cemetery.

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