Alice "Kay" Simpson

alice simpson

July 8, 1936 ~ December 20, 2023

Born in: Durham, NC
Resided in: Carthage , NC

Alice “Kay” Simpson, 87, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.

Born in Durham, Kay was daughter to the late Jack and Payton Powers . 

Kay graduated from Durham High School in 1954. She later attended beauty college in Durham and was a beautician for over 36 years. Additionally, she was a proud member of the Durham Orange County Quilting Guild for over 30 years. Quilting was Kay’s passion and she devoted much of her time to teaching and leading quilting classes at her church and for other community groups. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Albert Simpson, and siblings: Ruth (Billy) Phipps, Jackie Crawford, and Joe (Ann) Powers . 

Kay is survived by her three children: daughter, Sharon (Harry) Anderson of Spruce Pine; two sons, Terry (Jill) Simpson of Durham and Ronald Simpson of Carthage; sister Joyce (Larry) Bissette of Bennett. She was also survived by her grandchildren: Nathaniel,  Monique (Vincent), Keegan (Samantha), Mindy (Cale) and great-grandchildren; Carlee, Cooper, Maggie, Audrey, and Sadie.  

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Red Branch Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jeff Mitchell and Rev. Ron Chaney. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

Online condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Red Branch Baptist Church. 

Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.



Visitation: December 23, 2023 1:00 pm

Red Branch Baptist Church
1748 Old River Road
Carthage, NC 28327


Funeral Service: December 23, 2023 2:00 pm

Red Branch Baptist Church
1748 Old River Road
Carthage, NC 28327


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Alice "Kay" Simpson 's name.

Red Branch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund

1748 Old River Rd



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  1. So sorry for your loss We attended Red Branch with Kay and valued her friendship so much /she was truly a Christian lady. So kind and loving to everyone.Made lovely quilts and knitted many hats and scarves for children. She will surely be missed Arles and Bradie Taylor Carthage NC

  2. So sorry that we have lost Aunt Kay she has left a hole in our family she will be so missed Sharom, Ronald, and Terry I am praying for all of you and the grandbabies and great-grandbabies as she loved all of you very much the only thing I can say is she is with Albert and the rest of the family and we will see her again one great day

  3. Ron and family,
    Eddie and I was so sorry to read about your mom, Kay. She was always so sweet to us. She was a very talented lady.
    She was a Christian lady. She made small quilts for 2 of my granddaughters.
    Praying that GOD will comfort your hearts.
    Sincere sympathy,
    Eddie and Vetres Livengood and Veder Huley

  4. I first met Kay about 30 years ago at a quilting event in Durham. She was a wonderful woman, always friendly and she loved quilting. I kept in touch with her at our quilt guild meetings and spoke with her at the last meeting she attended. She will be missed! I’m so sorry for your loss, I’ll be praying for your family. Thank you, Ron, for being so faithful to bring her to our guild meetings. You were a wonderful son to her.

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