Simpkins, Coleman

March 27, 1950 - June 6, 2019

Mr. Robert Coleman Simpkins


Robert “Coleman” Simpkins, 69, was born the youngest of three children on March 27, 1950, in Houston, Texas, to parents Buford Douglas and Martha Dowlen Simpkins. He went to the Lord on June 6, 2019.

Coleman Simpkins was a lifetime Houstonian. He graduated in 1968 from Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School and in 1974 from the University of Houston. Following his education, Coleman spent his career in various marking positions in the Oil & Gas industry.

Coleman was a Ruling Elder and founding member of Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Kingwood, Texas, and Ruling Elder of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Texas.

Coleman is survived by numerous family and friends, including: wife Cherri C. Simpkins; son Stephen A. Simpkins and wife Lorri; daughter Sara C. Maier and husband Conrad; son Timothy D. Simpkins; daughter Mary Ann Gardner and husband Kevin; son Robert Coleman (Collin) Simpkins Jr. and wife Meredith; grandchildren Hailey, Cole, Emma, Drew, and Taylor; brother Buford Douglas (Doug) Simpkins, Jr. and wife Johnette; brother Philip Dowlen Simpkins and wife Holly; nieces and nephews Polly, Phillip Jr., Susan, Christopher, Eric, Stephanie, Ashley and Caramia; in-laws Bruce and Barbara Casper, Steve Chambers, Robin and Peggy Detlefsen, Craig and Sherry Chambers; and numerous close friends.

A special thank you to MD Anderson for providing world-class care. A special shout-out to Nurse Shara, who provided wonderful support to Coleman and family while Coleman was in her care. From Dr. Agarwal to Dr. Yao, and the many doctors in between, the family appreciates the support and treatment during Coleman’s long-suffering battle with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to MD Anderson Cancer Research Center, at


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Service Information

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 7:15 pm at Darst Funeral Home, 796 Russell Palmer Rd. in Kingwood, Texas. Funeral service will follow at 7:15 pm in the Gardens at Darst Funeral Home. Please wear garden attire (business casual) Interment will follow 10:30 am on Saturday, June 15, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

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9 replies on “Simpkins, Coleman”

Mark Sumpter says:

Dear Cherri and family, Your beloved Coleman was a Christian, committed to serve His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a soldier in the Lord’s army—faithful, gracious, loving. He will be greatly, greatly missed. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). May the mercies of our God and Savior surround you and uphold you at this time. In Christ’s love, Mark & Peggy

William and Lucia Brown says:

Dear Cherri – we know Coleman is your hero because as a couple there is no match to you two. Coleman and you have always inspired our own relationship. We are here now to offer to return to you a bit of what we have learned from you through our bond of friendship. Willy & Lucy Brown

Angela and Ed Meza says:

Dear Cherri and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family during this time. Coleman was a wonderful man that you were blessed to call him husband, father and friend. With much love as we keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Angela and Ed Meza

Otis Hester says:

Such a great man. My heartfelt sorry for the family members. Find comfort in knowing he is with the Lord.

David Mosby says:

Dear Cherri and Family
“May knowing you’re in the hearts and thoughts of others help you and your family through this time of sorrow.” i will continue to keep you and your family lifted in prayer. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” Matthew 5:4

Bambi and Kevin Grilley says:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bambi and Kevin Grilley

Catherine Perez says:

Cherri my deepest condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ian Drummond says:

Dear Cherri – very sorry to hear of your loss. I would like to express my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family at this emotional time.

Dawn says:

James and I are so sorry for your lost. Praying for you and your family.

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