Hometown: Lexington, KY (High)
Position: C Playing Height: 6-3 Playing Weight: 200
Date of Birth: May 27, 1896
Date of Death: December 18, 1986
Legal Name: Henry Clay Simpson
Nickname: Henry "Boone" Simpson (More)
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Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Football]
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Obituary - Henry Clay Simpson, 90, dies after illness, Lexington Herald-Leader (December 19, 1986) by Jennifer Hewlett
Simpson, a retired farmer, was instrumental in developing Lexington's Chevy Chase area, which once was part of his great-great-grandfather's farm.
Simpson also suggested that the area be named Chevy Chase, according to J.W. Davis Sr., a retired Lexington builder, who built a number of the homes in the Chevy Chase area.
"He went up in Maryland somewhere to visit, and he saw a village up there named Chevy Chase and asked me about what I thought about naming it Chevy Chase, and I said I thought that would be fine," Davis said.
Simpson, the son of the late Minor and Lucretia Clay Erwin Simpson, was born at Ashland-on-the-Tates Creek-Pike in Lexington, now the location of Chevy Chase Baptist Church. The farm, which had been part of Henry Clay's estate, was known for its horses and was the birthplace of two Kentucky Derby winners.
Simpson attended the old Lexington High School and later played football and basketball at the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity while at UK.
He was a first lieutenant in the Army during World War I.
Simpson just recently had resigned as a member of the board of the Ashland Foundation, which operates Henry Clay's home, Ashland. He was a former board member and past president of the Lexington Symphony Orchestra. A former member of the old Iroquois Polo Team, Simpson was a past president of the polo club. He was a former chairman of the board of Lexington and Idle Hour country clubs.
Surviving are his wife, Louisiana Gibson Wood Simpson; two sons, Henry Clay Simpson Jr. of Summit N.J., and Word Wood Simpson of Lexington; a daughter, Josephine Russell Simpson of Lexington; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Episcopal. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at his home, W.R. Milward Mortuary -- Broadway is in charge of the arrangements.