William H. Simpson

William H. Simpson (12), Passed away on November 22, 2017 in Garden Ridge, Texas. He was 83 years old, born on June 1, 1934 in Laredo Texas to Oscar and Armae Simpson. He came to the Naval Academy by way of Laredo H.S. and Texas A&M. Bill excelled in both football and track; running the 100 in 9.95. Upon graduating with the class of 1956 he was commissioned an Ensign USN and reported aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CVS-47). In 1960 Bill resigned his commission and entered the Southwestern Theological Seminary. He then began a long career in the ministry as pastor of five Baptist churches and ended his career as chaplain at Northeast Baptist Hospital. During this time, he maintained close contact with his Naval Academy classmates and served as the 12th Company representative for many years. At our class 50th reunion Bill was one of three classmates who were members of the clergy.


He is survived by his loving wife Geraldine “Gerry” Simpson, son, Norman Simpson and daughter Meredith Simpson; grandson Desmond Hollister; and his sister Peggy Jean and her husband, Calvin Markwood.

Bill’s favorite quote came from the Danish philosopher Soren Kiergeegard; “Life can only be understood backward-but must be lived forward”.


Following a funeral service in San Antonio, he was interred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.