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If you are not already a paid CFBRAA member I want to encourage you to become one.
Our association is doing good things and helping out many with special needs and scholarships.
We aren't doing as much as we would like to do and not as much as one would expect, especially if you or someone you are close to are in need of financial help.
We are limited by the funds we have available, so what we can do is modest compared to the needs.

Here is what we were able to accomplish this year with less than 300 paid members:
1. Helped 15 families in crisis situations, providing medical help, housing, utilities, clothing, etc. You provided nearly $11K in crisis support to families.
2. Helped 9 alumni families send their children to college, providing $6K in scholarship assistance.
3. Helped scores of new alumni with transportation, providing $4K for vehicle maintenance and fuel for the Alumni Support Center.
4. Provided $500 to the residents of the Alumni Support Center to help with Christmas presents for their families.
5. Provided $500 to the homes at BR as awards for the Christmas Contest winners.

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Francis Tyler Simpkins

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Francis Tyler Simpkins

Postby Tom Weissinger » Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:17 pm

I happened across this obituary and copied it to here. I, for one, intend to visit this brother's grave my next trip to the ranch. I'm sorry if his passing had already been noted and posted here, but felt it would not hurt to post it again because of the length of time that has passed.

Staff Sgt. Francis Tyler Simpkins

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Staff Sgt. Francis Tyler Simpkins, 23, died Monday,
May 23, 2005.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Chapel in Boys
Ranch, Texas, with Cory Wall officiating. Burial will be in Boys Ranch
Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo, Texas, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Staff Sgt. Simpkins was born June 21, 1981. He grew up at Cal Farley's Boys
Ranch and graduated in 1999. He participated in many ranch activities. He
excelled in the rodeo as a bull fighter, later becoming a pro. When he could,
he later returned to teach with Lyle Shankey Rodeo school, which was held at
the ranch annually.

He joined the Army and served in Iraq for 14 months. Staff Sgt. Francis Tyler
Simpkins distinguished himself in service to his country. He attended One
Station Unit Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion, he was
assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment in June 2000.
While assigned to A. Co., SSG Simpkins advanced through the ranks with
lightning speed. He served as SAW gunner, Bradley crewman, team leader and
lastly as squad leader.

Staff Sgt. Simpkins' awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army
Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense
Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer's Professional Development
Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman's Badge and Combat
Infantryman's Badge. He earned the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award
in 2002 within the 4000-man 3rd Brigade Combat team. He also earned the Audie
Murphy award.

In 2003 and 2004, he served with the utmost distinction during a 12-month tour
in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning, he was a part
of the Army realignment which redesignated A Co. to the 1-68 AR Battalion.
Staff Sgt. Simpkins' military professional development schools include the
Primary Leadership Development Course, Combat Lifesaver's Course, and Bradley
Crew Evaluator Course.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sonny Simpkins; and a sister, Andrea

Survivors include two children, Coltin Simpkins and Keegen Simpkins, both of
Colorado Springs; his former wife, Kim Simpkins of Colorado Springs; a sister,
Lori Stanhope and husband, Mike, of Amarillo; his mother, Alesa Scales of
Borger, Texas; his house parents, mom and dad, Madaline and Troy Dunn of Boys
Ranch, his brothers and Boys Ranch family; two nieces; a nephew; his
grandparents, Marie Cacey and Buddy Simpkins; and numerous aunts and uncles.

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Re: Francis Tyler Simpkins

Postby Lan Bostwick 1958-61 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:00 am

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