Simpson, a native of Nashville, lived in Haley and Wartrace before moving to Nashville in 1945. He returned to Wartrace in 1989.
Simpson serves on the Wartrace Utility Commission, the cemetery committee, the Wartrace Music Festival committee, the Bedford Railroad Authority and the Wartrace parks and recreation committee.
He worked as a salesman for Life and Casualty Insurance Co. for two years and then served for six years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the 1st Marine Division in Korea from 1950 until 1952. In 1954, he began working for AT&T, for which he worked in sales and management for a total of 33 years.
He, his wife and a partner owned and operated a furniture store in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville for 10 years.
Simpson has been a member of Masonic Lodge No. 122 in Shelbyville for the past 50 years.
He has two children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and enjoys fishing.
Simpson said he "tries to get things done that will help the majority of the people in Wartrace."