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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Lawrence George Martin

04/17/1927 ~ 01/17/2019

Services will be held: 01/22/2019

David Shuttleworth obit photo

David “Jack” Shuttleworth

10/18/1933 ~ 01/15/2019

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Leona “Lee” Ball Timm

12/12/1930 ~ 01/15/2019

Services will be held: 01/18/2019

cooper obit photo

Fulton Cooper

06/12/1927 ~ 01/13/2019

Services will be held: 01/17/2019

Howard Stephens

Howard Ray Stephens

09/07/1938 ~ 01/10/2019

Services will be held: 01/13/2019

Ziles Obit Photo

Gregory Eugene “Greg” Ziles

09/11/1953 ~ 01/09/2019

Services will be held: 01/13/2019

Melinda Nava-Rios photo

Melinda Pleasant Earp Nava-Rios

04/10/1968 ~ 01/05/2019

Services will be held: 01/12/2019


Norman “Scott” Bartrom

10/16/1961 ~ 12/13/2018

Services will be held: 01/10/2019

Glenn Haywood Simpkins

Glenn Simpkins Obit Photo

01/05/1939 ~ 02/07/2018

RALEIGH – Glenn Haywood Simpkins, 79, passed away Wednesday.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday, February 12, 2018 in the Gymnasium at Catawba Springs Christian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm in the Gymnasium prior to the service.

Glenn was born in Wake County on January 5, 1939 to the late Oscar and Alice Simpkins. Along with his brother, Talmadge, Glenn was the co-owner and operator of Wake County Speedway for many years prior to his retirement. In addition, Glenn was a faithful member of Catawba Springs Christian Church.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Matthews Simpkins; daughter, Bonnie Jean Simpkins and husband, Bryant S. Carter; granddaughters, Sarah A. Simpkins, Hannah I. Lawrence; great grandson, Cylus; brother, Talmadge O. Simpkins of Raleigh; niece, Deborah Simpkins McDonald and husband, Graham; nephew, Curtis D. Simpkins and wife, Leslie; and a host of extended family and friends.

Flowers are welcome or in lieu, memorial contributions may be made to Catawba Springs Christian Church Missions Fund: 6801 Ten-Ten Rd, Apex, NC 27539.

Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. Online condolences may be made at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com.



12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Gymnasium at Catawba Springs Christian Church
6801 Ten-Ten Rd, Apex, NC 27539.



2:30 PM

Gymnasium at Catawba Springs Christian Church
6801 Ten-Ten Rd, Apex, NC 27539.

Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery.


  1. Shannon Mcelveen

    I remember when I was little girl my dad James “doc” mcelveen took me every Friday next to wake county speed way. I remember Mr.Glenn he always had smile on his face and he was very nice guy. Boy those were the good old days. I love wake county speed way

    RIP Mr. Glenn

  2. David,Deborah,Grace Holt and Lillian Pond

    I met Glen when i was a little boy at his shop with my dad and at 43yrs old i still remember some of the great stories that was being told that day just like it was yesterday and as i got older i cherish the advise Mr Glen has giving me over the years and ill tell u …ya just couldnt ask for a better man….Glen u will always be missed and loved from me and my family…RIP OLD MAN

  3. Dennis & Sherry Capps

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Simpkins Family! Glenn was such a wonderful man!! I loved seeing him at the race track or at the shop, so quiet, so humble. He will truly be missed!! We love you all, Dennis & Sherry

  4. Thomas Gideon Roth Sr.

    Glenn one was one blessed man who shared the love of Jesus with everyone around him. It was honor to work beside him and learn the old school way.

  5. Jon Paul Kirby

    RIP Mr Glenn

  6. Dixie McLean

    I have enjoyed a lot of races with those Capp’s boys at the track and send condolences to Bonnie and all the family. You brought much joy to everyone. God Bless!

  7. Millie layman (Arnold)

    I remember when we were kids my dad had his shop in the other half of Glens shop! We would go down there from the pool in the trailer park and get money from my dad for snacks. Sometimes when dad was painting and the door was closed, we would go in Glens side and talk to him and Oscar. He would always be sitting in his chair and Glen would be working. Glen would tell my dad we were there! Great memories. May God bless your family.

  8. Rod and Cheryl Whaley

    His racing is forever a legacy to all who were near to Simpkins Road. His life is a testament to love for family and friends! Our deepest condolences.

  9. Sam & Ruth Castrova

    Jean, Bonnie, and family; we express our heartfelt sympathy, and will keep you in prayer, that God above will comfort you, and ease the loss you bear.

  10. Charlie Stephenson

    Glenn was a legend. He was a good man & a great race car driver. He always had a smile on his face & enjoyed life. He would take time to talk to you -even though he had cars lined up to work on. Rest in peace & thanks for being one of the good guys.

  11. Jerry Matthews

    Glenn was a great driver, track promoter / owner, but most of all a family man, being a husband and a father was very evident to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed here but God has welcomed another one of his children home. My prayers go out to all his family and to the many Wake County Speedway Family. This years Friday Nights will have a void maybe a tribute for the #21 will be in order this year.

  12. Lisa Pearson

    I will forever miss him God never created a better man

  13. Larry Huff

    Glenn Simpkins was a legend, he was the best of the best. He was family, married to my cousin Jean. In the over 50 years I have known him, I never seen him angry or upset, he always wore a smile. He worked on my cars and trucks and always fixed them right and never charged much .He was truly a good man, a Christian man, dedicated to his Savior, family, church and his country. He has taken that final lap and in the winners circle in Heaven now, he will be greatly missed, Simpkins Rd will not be the same without Glenn

  14. Lillian Bell (Hagwood)

    May you rest in Paradise! I remember going with my daddy to the garage and race track when I was a little girl! I sure miss those days! The Simpkins family is in our thoughts and prayers. Always look to God for the peace and comfort you need, He will supply you with everything you need! Know that Mr. Glenn is racing in the sky, never running out of fuel or needing tires ;) May God bless you all!
    Love and Prayers,
    Lillian Bell (Hagwood) and Family

  15. Sandra Ray

    God Bless the Simpkins family. We love you and we will always be here for you. Glenn is walking the streets of gold now. Talking to everyone, telling them about Wake County Speedway. We love you all.

    Sandra and Mike Ray

  16. George and Pam Sutterfield

    It has been many years since Bonnie and our son, Chris, were at Wake Christian and we lived across the road. Time goes by too fast but we remember you and Glenn well. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and pray for God’s peace to be with you and your family.

  17. Jonathan

    Dear family of Glenn Haywood I am sorry for your loss in revelation 21:4 it says god will willing wipe out every tear from there eyes and death will be no more

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