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Johnny Franklin Simpson, age 78

Johnny Franklin Simpson, age 78, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on January 19, 2024. Johnny was born in England, Arkansas in 1945 to Roland and Susie Simpson.  He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and reenlisted in 1968 to retire after 20 years in 1985.  He spent 20 additional years in service to the U.S. Post Office.

Always a giver, Johnny volunteered all over the community with a smile. Johnny was a permanent fixture at City Council Meetings and with the Police Auxiliary for many years, he gained friends wherever he went.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father and many siblings.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Simpson; his children: Marie Vickery, Johnny (Jennifer) Simpson, Kate Winters, Amy Jo Ayres, Tim Sanders; his grandchildren: Stephanie Jones, Andrea Kelley, Trevor Brown, Roland (Lauriel) Simpson, Katelyn Simpson, William Sanders, Gabriella Sanders; nine great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and a community of great friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 9:00am with a funeral service starting at 10:00am in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Burial to follow at 12:00pm at the Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Steve Summers Posted January 22, 2024 5:42 PM

    Johnny was a wonderful man & a great Christian brother. He was a member of the Christian Church of Jacksonville. Johnny was always helping others. Blessing to the Simpson fa,il;y.

  • Jennie Benton Posted January 22, 2024 6:43 PM

    I have known Johnny and attended church with him for the past 20 plus years. He was a great guy, always there when anyone needed a helping hand. If he missed church, he was out helping someone in need. He was so loved and we will miss him . Love to D.J and all his family.

  • Billy Trimble Posted January 24, 2024 7:18 AM

    Johnny was a great guy and a great friend! I will miss him a lot. We worked together at the USPS for together which was where he got the nickname around here of “West Dock” Johnny due to his love for expediting and running the West Dock.

  • Don Roland Posted January 25, 2024 8:19 AM

    I want to send my regard to Simpson family in the lost of Johnny . I work with Johnny at usps in NLR mail distribution center. I work the East dock , if I needed advise from west dock Johnny he was very helpful.

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