Cecil William “Tony” Simpson, Jr., 75, of Verona, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Augusta Health in Fishersville. He was born in Clifton Forge on December 23, 1947, a son of the late Cecil William Simpson, Sr. and Edith Gray (Craft) Simpson.
Tony graduated from Clifton Forge High School where he was a member of the 1966 State Championship Basketball Team. He later graduated from Alderson Broaddus College in Phillip, WV. Tony proudly served in the United States Army. He served his community by becoming a Virginia State Trooper, achieving the rank of Master Trooper and later retiring in 2002. He attended Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Verona and was a member of the Kingdom Seekers Sunday school group. Tony was an avid sports fan, he enjoyed playing golf and cheering on his favorite sports teams, especially his granddaughters soccer team, and spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sherry McClung.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 50 years, Joyce Marlene (Lockhart) Simpson; sons, Brian Simpson and Travis Simpson and his wife, Erin; granddaughters, Ruby and Veronica Simpson; brother, Gary Simpson,MD, and his wife, Edie.; nephews, Gary Simpson, Jr. , Adam Simpson, Shane Fury, and David Lockhart; niece, Amanda Pauley; uncle, Lonnie Craft and his wife, Catherine; mother-in-law, Pansy Lockhart; sisters-in-law, Kathy Nicely and husband, Joe, and Tammy Aldridge; brother-in-law, Marvin Lockhart and his wife, Diane; as well as extended family and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 12pm on Friday, January 13, 2023 at Laurel Hill Baptist Church, 129 Old Laurel Hill Rd, Verona, with Pastor Bill Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Augusta Memorial Park.
Active pallbearers will be the Honor Guard from the Virginia State Troopers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tony’s Sunday school group the Kingdom Seekers and attending Virginia State Troopers.
The family will receive friends from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Charlton and Groome Funeral Home in Fishersville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Virginia State Police Associations by mail at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225 or by visiting www.vspa.org/ways-to-give; Laurel Baptist Church, 29 Old Laurel Hill Road, Verona, Virginia 24482; and/or Virginia Special Olympics, by mail at 3212 Skipwith Rd STE 100, Richmond, VA 23294 or by visiting www.support.specialolympics.org.
Share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com.
Special Olympics Virginia
3212 Skipworth Rd. Suite 100, Richmond VA 23294
Virginia State Trooper Association
6944 Forest Hill Avenue,, Richmond VA 23225
Laurel Baptist Church
29 Old Laurel Hill Road, Verona VA 24482