J. Brooks Semple, 92, of Warrenton, passed away on December 8, 2018, at Poet’s Walk Assisted Living.
He was born June 11, 1926, in Philadelphia, to the late Frank J. Semple and Kathryn Brooks Semple.
Mr. Semple held a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering. As a young man, he obtained his private pilot's license and was a certified scuba diver. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy .
He was an active farmer in Pennsylvania when he and his wife, Joan S. Semple came to their farm, Suffield, at Warrenton in 1976. At Suffield, they grew many varieties of holly trees and specialized in that business. Their trees adorn the grounds of The White House, Arlington National Cemetery, The National Museum of the American Indian and many other federal and state government grounds, as well as many homes and estates.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Joan Semple.
Survivors include his children, Charles Brooks Semple and his wife Carol of Boulder, Colo., Barry Scott Semple and his wife Lynn of Boise, Idaho, Andrew Dudley Semple and his wife Shannon of New Bern, N.C., and Stephen Hamilton Semple of Warrenton; seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Christ Church, 95 Green Street, Warrenton. Inurnment will be private at Media Cemetery in Media, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church, 95 Green St., Warrenton, Va. 20186.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com