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Kenneth Etheridge Simpson

September 26, 1935 — May 20, 2023

Franklin

Mr. Kenneth E. Simpson, age 87, of Franklin, KY, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:11 AM at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory.  Visitation will continue on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00 AM with interment to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, KY with military honors given by the Simpson County Honor Guard.  Friends and family are invited to join us for lunch and fellowship at the Franklin Country Club following the burial.

Kenneth was born on September 26, 1935 in Bethpage, TN to the late, Herman Bryant Simpson and the late, Carrie Beatrice (Brown) Simpson.  He is also preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Billie Faye (Templeton) Simpson; and seven siblings, Lasco Simpson, Raymond Simpson, Bill Simpson, Junior Simpson, Elizabeth Braswell, Betty Jean Pearson and Eudean Pearson.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Edie Simpson; a daughter, Teresa Scotti (David) of Pittsburgh, PA; a step-daughter, Elisha Wiggins (Brian) of Central City, KY; four grandchildren, Matthew Scotti, Molly Scotti, Lillie Wiggins and Charles Wiggins; two sisters, Lucille McCormick of Westmoreland, TN and Sue Williamson of Gallatin, TN; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Kenneth was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  He was a member of Drakes Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Simpson County, KY and attended First Baptist Church, Franklin, KY.  Kenneth was the owner of Kenneth Simpson Construction, Inc. for 54 years.  He enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandkids.

Kenneth was very active in the community through the years. He was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, a former president of the Rotary Club, a Paul Harris fellow, active in the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Franklin Country Club, a sponsor of many local youth sports teams, a Kentucky Colonel, and a supporter of St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Simpson County, P.O. Box 363, Franklin, KY 42135-0363.  Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory.  The website is www.gilbertfhonline.com.  The Facebook page is Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.  The obituary phone line is 270-586-8844.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

6:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory

325 West Cedar Street, Franklin, KY 42134

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory

325 West Cedar Street, Franklin, KY 42134

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Military Honors

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Interment following funeral service

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

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