Judge Lloyd Simpkins

Judge Lloyd “Hot Dog” Simpkins, age 94, died at his home on the river in Mount Vernon on Sunday. Born in Mount Vernon, he was the son of the late Thomas Wesley Simpkins and Estelle Phoebus Simpkins.

“Hot Dog” graduated from Washington High School in 1939. A lifelong resident of Somerset County, he attended the University of Maryland School of Agriculture. He withdrew prior to the completion of his degree in 1941 when, after spending the night on the courthouse steps, he became the first Somerset County resident to enlist in the U. S. Military after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific Theatre, stationed at Guadalcanal from 1941-1946.

After completing his service, he completed his agriculture degree and began work in his father’s oyster house in Mount Vernon, Maryland. He later graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, he served as the youngest chairman of the house Judiciary Committee in Maryland history. He served as Secretary of State for Governor J. Millard Tawes from 1961-1967.

He founded the law firm Simpkins and Simpkins in Princess Anne, Maryland which he ran with his late brother, Tom Simpkins. He left the firm in 1971 to become the first District Court judge for Somerset County, Maryland. He became a Circuit Court judge for Somerset County, Maryland in 1975 following the retirement of judge Duer. He retired from the bench in 1990, however he continued to sit as a retired judge until 2010, making him the oldest sitting judge in the history of the Maryland Judiciary.

A lifelong sailor, he enjoyed spending time on his skipjack, the “Good Intent.” He also took great pride in his extensive garden. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and of all University of Maryland athletic teams. He was involved in many local civic organizations and was a charter member of the Princess Anne Lion’s club. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his family and friends, and telling stories at Peaky’s.

Hot Dog is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Wilson Simpkins, his sisters, Ethel Simpkins Boyd and India Simpkins Wilson, his brothers, Douglas Simpkins, Frederick “Snap” Simpkins, and Tom Simpkins, and his nieces, Barbara Ann Wyatt, Connie Pinkston, Pat Trader, and Shirley Taylor.

He is survived by his daughter, Betsy Simpkins Schrock and her husband Randy Schrock, his granddaughter Brittany Schrock Price, her husband Andy Price, and her daughter Caroline Lloyd Price, and her son Grayson Alan Price, his granddaughter Kristen Schrock Boston, her husband Joshua Boston, and her daughter Alexandra Lloyd Boston. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and a special thanks to his caregivers, Ricky Bloodsworth, Joanie Bloodsworth, Mary Champion, Tylisa Gardner, and Christie LesCallett.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014  at 2:00 p.m. at the Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Maryland, where friends may call Thursday from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow the service in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Mount Vernon. The Rev. Olivia Costango will officiate.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o Linda Benton at 26625 Mount Vernon Road, Princess Anne, MD.  21853.


8 comments to Judge Lloyd Simpkins

  • Richard Warren

    My heartfelt condolences go out to the family with sadness at the passing of one of the truly great men of our times. “Hot Dog” was an inspiration, a guiding light and a trusted confidant to me and a positive influence on my life. He leaves a presence that can never be fully replaced, nor ever forgotten by those who knew him. May he rest evermore in eternal peace.

  • Al Webster

    Please accept my sincere condolences to all those whom Hot Dog leaves behind to continue fighting the good fight. My father, V. Barton Webster, was the cousin of Hot Dog’s wife, Betty.

  • Doug Green

    Sincere condolences from our family to yours. Hotdog was an institution on the Shore. I remember many times of my Dad (Howard Green Jr) telling the story of how Hotdog saved his life one day while he was swimming at Mt. Vernon.
    We never know how much our actions influence the lives and future lives of others. Hotdog certainly influenced many, many lives in a positive way. He leaves a great legacy!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Janice Hess

    Sending my sincere condolences to the family of Judge Simpkins. He was a wonderful man and was treasured and loved by many. We enjoyed having him visit in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County. The stories he always told were priceless. He was always on his game also. His memory will live on always ! May God Bless each of you at this time.

  • Bruce Franz

    Dr.Stedman Smith, Dr.Ewell Riggin, and I spent many hours aboard the “Good Intent” almost every Labor Day Weekend in Crisfield, listening to “Hot Dog” and Betty regale us with stories. We were so fortunate to share this tradition, enjoy some of the best in Eastern Shore living, and laugh until we cried. We will miss them all.
    Bruce Franz

  • Dale E. Watson

    I want to extend my sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of “Hot Dog”. He was a treasure to us all, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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