James Daniel Simpson, III ’63

James Daniel Simpson, III, born in Little Rock. Ark., on April 18, 1940, passed away on Feb. 19, 2023. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Daniel Simpson, Jr. and Ellen House Simpson; grandparents, James Daniel Simpson and Ruth Bales Simpson, Joseph Warren House and Julia Clarke House.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginna); daughters, Jody House Simpson and Clarke Lea Simpson; grandsons, James Russell Thompson, Joseph Townes Delp, and Warren Forbes Delp. J.D. is also survived by his brother, Joseph Warren Simpson (Cindy), their children, Ellen Garrett Simpson Thalheimer (Evans); great-niece, Sloan Elizabeth Thalheimer, Preston Modisette Simpson, and Parker Danielle Pitts, his cousins, Robert Williams Tucker (Diane) and Everett Tucker, III (Becky).

J.D.’s life was defined by the things he was dedicated to: a lifelong passion for duck hunting, his beloved dogs, and spending time with his girls, (but only during the “off-season”). His dedication to duck hunting and preserving the habitat for ducks was limitless. His dedication to his job at Stephens Inc., for which he worked for over 50 years knew no bounds.

J.D. was a man of great empathy. He was a philanthropist that spread the gamut from such organizations ranging from a recovery center to a donkey rescue farm. There is much more that the family could say to the life of J.D., but the family is most aware that he was not a fan of long obituaries. Therefore, we will only say in ending is that there was not anything in life he loved more than his family. If he loved you, you knew it and if he didn’t, you knew that too. We loved him dearly and we will miss him every day. The family is fairly certain that Heaven has never seen anyone like J.D.

Visitation will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home Thursday, February 23, from 3:30-6 p.m. The funeral will be a private graveside ceremony.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, EasterSeals of. Arkansas, Nature Conservancy, Boy’s Club, or PARK. Arrangements are under the direction of RuebelFuneralHome.com