Brownwood Regional Airport Board members observed a moment of silence Friday in honor of longtime airport employee Tommy Simpson, who died Wednesday.

Simpson, 49, of Blanket, worked at the airport for 27 years.

Board vice-chairman Brad Locker called for the moment of silence. An emotional Locker said it will be unusual to “open your plane door and not see him out there.”

Airport manager Sharlette Bain asked board members if she should call off the Sept. 29 quarterly fly-in, which has been in the planning before Simpson’s death. Board members said it should go on as planned as it would be difficult to call it off after notices have gone out.

Bain said Simpson loved the fly-ins and it would not be disrespectful to have it on Sept. 29.

A memorial service for Simpson will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Heartland Funeral Home in Early.