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Submitted by: T.D.
Kenny Simpson was born on Sunday, January 23, 1949 in Idabel, OK to Jess and Lillian Lawrance Simpson. On Friday, March 27, 2015 in Bossier City, LA, Kenny enter the gates of Heaven to spend enteral life with his Lord at the age of 66 years 2 months 4 days.
Kenny married Brenda Stewart on March 29, 1969 in Broken Bow, OK. They would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary this past Sunday. Into this marriage came one beautiful daughter that was her daddy’s world.
Kenny looked forward to going to Broken Bow for deer camp each year. He loved organizing, getting everything together, telling everyone where to park, and just enjoying everyone's company. In the past few years he enjoyed camping more than the deer hunting. Kenny's favorite organization was the Salvation Army. He spent endless hours each year gathering and organizing food for baskets to deliver to families in need. Kenny loved to go to Alva to bird hunt with his friend David. Kenny's favorite past time was working on classic cars, the 69 1/2 Super Bee 440 6 pack, 1982 Corvette, and a 1970 Chevelle 396 Big Block. He and his son-in-law, Justin spent many hours in the shop working on the cars. He loved to take his cars to car shows to show them off. Kenny was very proud of his daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was proud of his grandson-in-law being a Sargent in the Marines. He loved to watch the kids play sports. He did not missed many of the girls’ softball games and was looking forward to Braxtin playing t-ball.
Kenny graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1967. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in accounting and minoring in computer science. He began his banking career in 1975 with United Federal Savings and Loan, Durant, OK. While employed with the Savings and Loan, he held the position as Collection Manager, Loan Officer, and later he became the Executive Vice-President. In 1987, he worked briefly for Century Bank in Oklahoma City, OK. Kenny began his career with Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. (REI Oklahoma) in 1987 as Financial Packaging Specialist. In 1988, he moved to Kiamichi Area Vo-Tech, Wilburton, OK, for 2 years. Kenny made the move back to REI Oklahoma in 1990 as Administrative Service Director and held that title until 1995 when he was named Executive Vice-President. He served on the Board of Directors for the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, a national organization. Kenny was President of REI New Markets Investment, LLC. Over the years, Kenny was involved with professional organizations such as The Governor’s International Team, Red River Valley Association, Oklahoma Business Incubator Association, Durant Chamber of Commerce Board and served as President in 2002, Oklahoma District Export Council, Bryan County Economic Development Authority, Oklahoma Economic Development Council, and Southern Economic Development Council.
Kenny’s Family Includes: Wife, Brenda Simpson, Durant, Oklahoma, Daughter and Son-in-law, Marcie & Justin Smith, Durant, Oklahoma, Grandchildren, Kristin Prescott-Hall & Husband, Sgt. Jared Prescott-Hall, Richland, North Carolina, Kylie Hobbs, Durant, Oklahoma, and Braxtin Smith, Durant, Oklahoma. Great-Grandchildren, Brylie & Blake Prescott-Hall, Richland, North Carolina, Mother, Lillian Whitten, Durant, Oklahoma. Kenny was preceded in death by his father, Jess Simpson and brother, Wendell Simpson.
There will be a family hour Monday, March 30, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. at the Holmes~Coffey~Murray Funeral Home.
Services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Durant. Rev. Anthony Williams and Rev. James Robinson will officiate. Internment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Durant. Serving as his pallbearers will be Kenny’s Broken Bow Hunting Buddies Justin Smith, Chris Jackson, Robert McGowen, Jimmy Jackson, Bobby Brown, Alan Owens, Jimmy Baker, Larry Stafford. Serving as Honorary Pallbearer is his Alva bird hunting buddy, David.
Memorials maybe made to the Bryan County Salvation Army. Donations can be mailed %REI Oklahoma, PO Box 1335, Durant, OK 74702
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