Fredric Wyatt Simpson Jr.

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ANDERSON -- Fredric Wyatt Simpson Jr. died Nov. 25, 2018.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
With overwhelming sadness and heartbreak, the sudden passing of Fredric is being acknowledged with love and respect. Memories are condensed documenting his life's journey, a life accomplished, interesting and challenging.
Freddie was an amazing husband to surviving wife, Rita (love affair 53 years); son, Brent (pride and joy); devoted to Mom Ava ("angel on earth"); father of three daughters, Jovonna, Jimminique and Ria; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; incredible friends, Richard and Eulas; and rescue cats Kiki, Mookie, Jet and JoJo.
He was preceded in passing by parents, Fredric Sr. and Marie; sister, Yvonne; son, Jayson; brother-in-law, Rex; and father-in-law, Kenneth.
Fredric was born in Anderson and graduated from Anderson High School (1957), where he played varsity basketball, football and baseball. Fred's desire was to become a judge. Considering unjust times in the '50s, counselors advised, in spite of
high academics, to pursue athletics instead.
Successfully, he joined the Blue Field Dodgers (Appalachian
minor league) and was a third baseman on the 1957 championship team. Drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he experienced racial obstacles.
His allegiance to the U.S. Army inspired him to become a paratrooper (82nd Airborne), and he played football (halfback) and baseball for USA. Also, he was a star running back for two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Fredric retired from General Motors and Magnequench and taught classes in industrial environmental hazards.
He was a sixth-degree Kyu belt in Karate with outstanding achievement in Go-Ju-Ryu, (Komakai Academy), winning numerous trophies in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. He joined several bowling leagues, averaging 191.
Fred performed in numerous bands as Bobby Charles. To Fred's joy and essence, he was lead singer and lead guitarist. He also joined a gospel group at Sherman Street Church. When spinal surgery altered his vocal cords, he continued accommodating requests to sing.
All of Freddie's abilities were self taught. He took up golf at Grandview with an antiquated wooden driver, 5-iron, wedge and putter. He was dedicated to studying, practicing and competing.
Freddie was a top-five golfer in Madison County, Muncie District Champion 1986, and Indiana Black Expo tournament winner twice,
generously giving Brent the Hawaiian trip.
He initiated teaching youth golf at the Geater Center.
He joined "Our Friends" men's club and donated his own money for community parties.
His patience introducing and teaching his wife and son to play golf became his joy. His efforts were rewarded when they both became accomplished winners. If his golf friends did not want Rita to play with the men, he challenged them to beat her or he would play with her instead.
He had affiliated memberships at Boca-Ree-Al, Killbuck, Meadowbrook, Crestview and Players Club. Freddie was a scratch golfer and had three hole-in-ones (Hermitage CC, Tennessee, No. 5, 191 yards, championship tee, used an iron, and said: "I hit it perfectly"). He also aced No. 5 and No. 17 at Killbuck.
Freddie taught himself the skill and etiquette to become a master of the game. But even more fascinating, he devoted time to always help others, not only become better golfers but better people.
Charity interests inspired memberships in Elks, Eagles and NAACP.
Fredric never met a stranger, saying to his wife, "We have been blessed being with important people, kings and queens, and privileged commiserating with paupers."
Not tarnishing his spirit, Fred endured many prejudices throughout life. He always defended his family, commanded respect and remained ethical, humble and approachable. Freddie's joy was telling stories about his life, embellishing none.
If asked how he met his wife, he candidly answered, "I was at a club, on stage singing, stopped mid-song to flirt with her, then I pursued her relentlessly." They were confident by their paramount love, believing they were destined to be together.
Freddie was a strong man mentally, physically and spiritually.
All of the challenges he faced, he never questioned with "Why me?" He diligently fought to recover and continued to remain positive.
Fred's wishes are to celebrate his life. All that knew Fred may attend March 20 (Freddie's birthday) from 3 to 7 p.m., Muncie Elks, 909 N. 500W, Muncie.
Memorial contributions to AARP.
Arrangements entrusted to Gholar & Gholar.
Published on January 12, 2019
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