Princeton Times


January 23, 2014

Percy Simpkins

BLUEFIELD — Born on May 3, 1933 in McComas, he was one of 17 children born to the late Preston and Vivian Thornton Simpkins. He had been a lifelong resident of Mercer County. He was a retired coal miner and was a member of the UMWA. He also had served in the US National Guard. He was a former resident of Old Bramwell Road for 45 years before moving to Rt. 20. He has spent the last three years as a resident of the Maples where he enjoyed playing Bingo and giving out candy.

Survivors include: Wife: Bessie Gillespie Simpkins of the home; 4 daughters:  Linda Shinault and husband Stanley of Bluefield, Nancy Caldwell and husband Darrell of Bluefield, Sandra Kelly and husband Charles of Bluefield, Lisa Powers and husband Doug of Princeton; Grandchildren: Stacey Finley and husband Cooter of Bluefield, LeAnn Slade and husband Grat of Bluefield; Great-grandchildren: Shay Lynn Smith of Bluefield, Addison Piper Slade of Bluefield; A Great-grandson to his granddaughter Stacey and Cooter due in May; 2 brothers: Howard Simpkins of Montcalm, Ray Simpkins of Pearisburg, VA; 4 Sisters: Virginia Zeoli of Bluefield, Faye Williams of Bluefield, VA, Juanita Amos of Bluefield, Norma Jean of FL.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with Rev. Roger Lafferty officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where Doug Powers, Grat Slade, Darrell Powers, Dwayne Powers, Jerome Wolkoff and Gene Buckner will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call on Thursday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.


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