Obituary for Ray Benjamin “Benji” Simpkins

simpkins ray benjaminRay Benjamin “Benji” Simpkins, age 43 of Snowville passed away Saturday, November 12, 2022 at his home. Born May 30, 1979 in Radford, he was the son of Harold Ray Simpkins & Verily Flinchum Simpkins. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Gene Owens.

He was a 1997 graduate of Pulaski County High School; he attended Virginia Tech for three years. He was employed at Wades in Dublin and then worked at Tractor Supply before moving to Ferguson Enterprise for over 18 years. His last two years he spent his time making memories and spending time with his two girls and his family. He loved to make jokes and make people laugh. Ray was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.

Ray is survived by his 

Wife – Genetta Owens Simpkins – Snowville

Children – Anna Elizabeth Simpkins, Emma Rae Simpkins – Snowville

Parents – Harold & Verily Flinchum Simpkins – Snowville

Sister – Sarah Simpkins (Joseph) Gillenwater – Bedford


Nephews and Niece – Isaac, Noah and Adah Gillenwater

Mother-in-law – Mary Harrell Owens – Dublin

Mawmaw – Julia Harrell – Pulaski

Sister-in-law – April Owens Villone (Dennis) & family – New Jersey

His Loving Dog – Bella

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM – Friday, November 18, 2022 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastors Bucky Cruff & Brian Geist officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM – Thursday evening November 17, 2022 at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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Bower Funeral Homes-Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the Family.