On March 6, 2013, God called a wonderful man home. Tommy Hanson Simpson Sr. was born at home in Blanket, Texas, the son of the late Bill and Grace (Seed) Simpson. Tommy attended school in Blanket where he met and fell in love with his bride of 60 years, Tennie (Hootsie) Bush.

Tommy proudly served time in the U. S. National Guard and the U. S. Army which took Tommy and Hoots to Fort Chafee, Ark., Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Knox, Ky. While in Kentucky, Tommy and Hootsie were blessed with the birth of their son, Tommy (Tinker) Simpson Jr. A year later, Tommy and his little family moved back to Brown County. In 1961, Tommy went to work for the City of Brownwood, and soon after, he and Hootsie were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Melissa LaGuynn Simpson. Tommy worked for the City of Brownwood in several departments until his retirement in 1993.

Tommy came from a very loving family and married into one as well. He loved getting together with his family to swap stories or play dominos. When his children were growing up, Tommy would spend many weekends pulling them around the lake, teaching them to ride horses, taking them camping or “coon” hunting with his dogs and his other “huntin” buddies. One treasured memory for the children is a late night horseback ride they all took and his own version of “Yippee Ki Yi Yo”.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Bernece, Eva Nell, Mary Simpson Stice and Margaret Simpson Johnson; as well as his son, Tinker; and an infant grandson, Cody Lane Simpson. He was also preceded in death by his in-laws, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Left to keep his memory alive are his wife of 60 years, Hootsie; his daughter, Melissa Staggs and her husband Danny of Blanket; his grandsons, Justin Simpson of Blanket, Brandon Mair and wife Nancy of Brownwood, Blaik Mair of Blanket; his only granddaughter, Kyndae Grace Staggs of Blanket; and grandsons, Steven Staggs of Louisiana, and Shann Staggs of New Mexico. He also leaves 10 very adored great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kelcy, Hayden, Avery, Hunter, Micheala, Keegan, Shaylee, Mena and Bella. Tommy is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Doris Crutchfield and Ola Kellough and a brother-in-law, Floyd Kellough. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, daddy, granddad, gran-gran, and uncle.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Blanket Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.