OBITUARY: David Dean Simpson


David Dean Simpson, age 78, of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, died Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Hermitage.

Mr. Simpson was born on May 5, 1946, in Nashville, Tennessee, to the late Felix & Betty Turrentine Simpson.

The occupation he was most known for was teaching at Cheatham County Central High School, but was also former owner of Ashland City Florist, retired from First Tennessee Bank, founded and directed daycare centers, and was on CSC Event staff. He also served as music director at numerous churches and as the SHS Band Booster president. He was an enthusiastic Color Guard “Dad” and cheerleader from the stands.

Mr. Simpson loved Vandy baseball, the Nashville Predators, and the Atlanta Braves. He attended New Hope Hermitage Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Rev. Hughes & Laura Ellis; and sister-in-law, Beverly Simpson.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joan Ellis Simpson; daughters, Amanda (Christian) Neill, Alicia Simpson, Alayna (Campbell) Forrest, and Autumn (John) Hilton; grandchildren, Michael Dean Forrest, Judah Ward Hilton, and one on the way; brother, Jerry L. Simpson; a host of nieces & nephews, great-nieces & nephews, beloved cousins, and other extended family; and Bonnie Blue & Bear Bryant, his 2 dogs that he adored.

Funeral services will be conducted at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Pleasant View at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 23rd, with Rev. Billy Ellis, Rev. John Hilton, and Rev. Justin Lett officiating. Burial will follow in Heads Cemetery with Christian Neill, Campbell Forrest, John Hilton, Billy Ellis, Tony Ellis, Ken Haney, and Dale Massey serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, June 22, from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM and again on Sunday from 2:00 PM until the hour of service at 3:00 PM.

AUSTIN & BELL FUNERAL HOME in Pleasant View is in charge of these arrangements. 6316 Highway 41A, Pleasant View, Tennessee 37146 (615) 746-4433


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