Carlie Barnes Simpson, 98, of Amarillo, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
A memorial gathering will be at a later date following a private graveside service. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Carlie Barnes was born July 13, 1918, in Binghamton, N.Y., to John Quincy and Marguerite Overhuls Barnes. He parents, both Texans, returned to Amarillo in 1923. She graduated from Amarillo High School, Amarillo College and the University of Texas in 1940, with honors, and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Mrs. Simpson was married to James A. McKnight in 1940. In 1954, she married Hugh L. Umphres, Jr., who died in 1981. She married E. Selden Simpson in 1986. He died in 1999.
As a member of the Junior League of Amarillo, Mrs. Simpson served on the board of the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center. She was secretary of the board of the Community Chest, which preceded the United Way. She worked for the Panoma Corporation, where she was a member of the Desk and Derrick Club. Later, she was Executive Secretary of the Potter-Randall County Medical Society for 11 years during the early development of the Harrington Medical Center. She was on the board during the organization of the Discovery Center.
As an accomplished pianist, she had enjoyed musical activities since her school days, particularly as a vocalist, accompanist, and one of the arrangers for the Chansonettes, a chorus of young Amarillo women. She was a member of First Christian Church, where she had been a teacher and study leader for Group Nine; a member of the Junior League of Amarillo, the Junior Pierian Club and the Triad Book Club. She enjoyed reading, puzzles and bridge.
Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her brother, John L. Barnes, who was lost in the Pacific Theatre during WW II, and her sister, Alice B. Moxey.
She is survived by four sons, John B. McKnight and wife Sue Carol of Cincinnati, Hugh McKnight of Amarillo, Phillip Umphres and wife Nancy of Dallas, Joseph L. Umphres and Katya Slive of Venice, CA, a stepson, Pat W. Simpson and wife Woodene of Austin; a stepdaughter, Reesie Petrie and husband Jesse of Midland, three granddaughters and three grandsons, four step-granddaughters and one step-grandson, and nine great-grandchildren.
The family extends sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at The Continental, Compassion Care, Goodcare Service and BSA Hospice of the Southwest for their extraordinary care of Mrs. Simpson.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, The Amarillo College Foundation, or a charity of choice.