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Marie O. Simpkins

Published 12:28am Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mrs. Marie O’Neal Simpkins, age 63, a resident of 57 Nance Lane, Washington, NC, died Monday, November 12, 2012, at Vidant Beaufort Hospital of Washington.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2012, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory officiated by Bishop Ernest Bowes. Burial will follow in Pamlico Memorial Gardens. Tom Winslow, Tommy Douglas, Johnnie O’Neal, James Carver, Sam Brinn and Michael Harding will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Simpkins was born in Pitt County, daughter of the late Johnny William O’Neal, Sr. and the late Annie Viola Jones O’Neal. She attended Beaufort County and Pitt County Schools before she married Jimmy Ray Simpkins on November 14, 1965, who survives. Mrs. Simpkins was an inventory manager with Collins & Aikman of Farmville before her retirement. She was a member of Snowd Branch Church of God.
Survivors include Mrs. Simpkins’ husband Jimmy of the home; a daughter: Tammy Ann Simpkins of Washington; a grandson: Shane Nevin Dawkins of Winston-Salem; a great-granddaughter: Isabella Willow Dawkins of Winston-Salem; a brother: Thomas Wayne O’Neal of Summerville, SC; a sister: Gloria Jean Ludwig of Hubert, NC. Mrs. Simpkins was predeceased by three brothers: Johnny W. O’Neal, Jr., Kirby L. O’Neal and Bobby Ray O’Neal, Sr., and two sisters: Betty Faye Winslow and Lois Ann O’Neal Ball.
The family will receive friends 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Thursday, November 15, 2012, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington and other times at the home.
Flowers are welcome and appreciated and the family kindly requests for any memorial contributions to be made to the Beaufort County Chapter Relay for Life, c/o Lisa Alligood, 7581 Broad Creek Rd., Washington, NC 27889.
Mrs. Simpkins’ video tribute and her webcast funeral service can both be viewed, and condolences may be offered to the family, all by visiting
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Simpkins family.

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