The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


March 21, 2014

Vina Simpson, 80, of Albemarle, a faithful church member, loved music, died March 16, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Vina Ruth Lowder Simpson, 80, of Albemarle, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Trinity Place, Albemarle.

Her funeral service was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at First Street United Methodist Church, Albemarle, with the Rev. Leslee Wray officiating. Burial followed in the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at First Street United Methodist Church from 12:30-1:30 p.m., prior to the funeral service.

Born April 13, 1933, in Stanly County, she was the daughter of the late Wren Galloway Lowder and Vina Lorene Lemons Lowder.

She was a 1951 graduate of Albemarle High School and worked for more than 20 years as office manager at Belk. She also taught music appreciation at Stanly Community College.

A member of First Street United Methodist Church, she served as organist for more than 30 years and also was a former President of the United Methodist Women. During her tenure as President, the church’s parlor and prayer chapel were built and she was instrumental in these projects.

She was a former member of Albemarle Chapter 71, Order of the Eastern Star.

She was married to Glenn Belk Simpson, who survives, on March 14, 1954. Other survivors include daughter, Sheila Ruth Simpson of Albemarle; son, Eric G. Simpson and wife Christina of Asheville; brother, Lavaughn E. Lowder of Albemarle; grandchildren, Daniel Glenn Simpson of Wilmington and Caroline Elizabeth Ruth Simpson of Asheville.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Cameron Loutrelle Lowder and Weldon Wren Lowder.

The family requests that memorials be made to First Street United Methodist Church, 509 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001 or to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.

Stanly Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

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