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Scottie Simpson

WALTERS  Funeral for Scottie Simpson, 75, Walters, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, Walters, with the Rev. Brantley Tillery officiating.

Burial will be in Walters Cemetery under direction of Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home, Walters. 

Hubert Scottie Simpson was born to Hubert T and Frances Ellen (Reece) Simpson on March 3, 1942, at Comanche, Okla.

He departed this life in Lawton on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Scottie grew up at Walters, graduating from Walters High School in 1960. He attended Cameron State Agricultural College for a year then completed his Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages at Southeastern in Durant in the mid to late 1960s. He followed that with graduate studies in Mexico. He also served a six-year stint with the Oklahoma National Guard. 

Scottie spent his entire career in education teaching foreign languages at Lawton Public Schools. He taught a year at Eisenhower High School and then at Lawton High two different times. He brought foreign languages to the elementary level, teaching both at Whittier and Geronimo Road, and also taught night classes at Cameron for a few years. He took his Spanish Club to contests through the years, winning numerous titles. He was named Lawton Public Schools "Teacher of the Year" for the 1993-94 school year.

Scottie married Janet Marie Florance on May 26, 1978. Along with teaching they did lawn care and cleanup up under the name of B&S Construction with friend, Butch Teakell for many years. The couple retired to Walters in 1998, where they built two homes and were active with the community. 

He was a member of First United Methodist Church with which he made several mission trips to Mexico. He and Janet established the Walters Food Pantry and were active with the Senior Citizens Center. He was also a member of the Walters Rotary Club and was named Citizen of the Year twice and Citizen Emeritus by the Walters Chamber of Commerce. Scottie enjoyed doing woodwork, yardwork, gardening, traveling and always had a good joke to tell. He loved spending time with family and working on genealogy.    

He was preceded in death by his parents: Hubert and Frances; and two brothers: Kenneth Simpson and Sharrod Tabbytite.

Survivors include his wife Janet of the home; two sons: Burt Keith Simpson and wife Millie of Hollywood, Calif., and Mark Scott Simpson of Lawton; two brothers: Tom Simpson and wife Gail of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Don Simpson of Walters; two sisters: Melba Foster and husband Chuck of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brenda Tabbytite of Tulsa; five grandchildren: Chad Simpson, Cory Simpson, Steven Thomason, Brandon Thomason and Marissa Thomason all of Lawton; a great-grandchild, Kason Thomason; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Walters. 

Memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, 202 E. Oklahoma, Walters 73572.

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