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Rev. Jewel Samuel Simpson, Sr.
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Rev. Jewel Samuel Simpson, Sr. passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11 am, Friday, May 16, 2008 at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 2127 37th Street in Galveston with Rev. Mitchell Herndon, Sr. officiating. Graveside services will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm when a Wake will be held from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Jewel Samuel Simpson was born February 6, 1917 in Victoria, Texas the only child of Josie Evelyn Robinson Smith. While still a youth, Jewel and his family relocated to Galveston. During his secondary school years Jewel shined shoes at a drug store to assist his mother, yet still managed to distinguish himself by being decorated with medals of academic honor upon his 1934 graduation from Central High School. In addition to helping his mother, his work at the drug store brought about another blessing: his first encounter with Maggie Mosley, the woman who would become his beloved for nearly three-quarters of a century.
Throughout his life Jewel kindled a love of words, and among his proudest possessions were letters from two United States presidents acknowledging receipt and appreciation of his poetry. This along with his descending from a proud lineage of clergymen and church servants—notably the Reverends T. H. Robinson of Victoria, Rev. S.H. Simpson of Nashville’s National Baptist Publishing Board made Jewel’s attraction to the ministry a natural one. His ministerial work began at Avenue L Baptist Church where he was appointed to several positions including that of Assistant Minister. He and Maggie, his music director, went on to lead Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church from the early 1970s into the 21st century. In tandem with his church career, Jewel was a Prince Hall Mason, an amateur boxer, sports fan (especially baseball!) and devoted father of eight children: Jimmie Lee; Barbara Jean (Carl); Jewel Samuel, Jr. (Mildred); Jo Ann (Melvin, Sr.); Michael Jerome (Betty); Robert Albert (Martha, Deceased); Janice Renee (Ronald, Sr. Deceased).
His secular work included various positions in the hospitality industry and later service as a porter with the Santa Fe Railroad. In the 1960’s Jewel began work with the Galveston Wharf Company and continued there until his retirement in the 1980’s.
Jewel was preceded in death by his sons Jimmie and Eric as well as by his beloved Maggie who departed in June 2007. Three sons and three daughters remain, as do twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
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