David Thomas Simpson, Jr.
David passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.
David was born to David and Mary Kathryn Simpson on May 14, 1959 in Charlotte, NC and was raised in Waxhaw, NC. He attended Union County Public Schools, graduating from Parkwood High School in 1977. He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1977 to 1984, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor Degree. While an undergraduate student at Carolina, David returned home on weekends to work as a Union County Deputy Sheriff. David began practicing law in 1984 and retired in 2011, spending his entire career with the law firm of Gerdes, Mason and Simpson.
David married Linda Jane Wright, his wife of 26 years on May 25, 1985 in Pinetops, NC. They were blessed by two wonderful daughters, Sarah Elizabeth in 1988 and Kathleen Grace (Kate) in 1991. David delighted in traveling with family, whether it was cheering for his daughters at a swim meet or vacations wherever the fish were biting, the food was outstanding or he could expand his family's appreciation of history.
David's faith in Christ came alive and grew first at Tirzah Presbyterian Church where he learned the Westminster Shorter Catechism, participated in Sunday School and Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout award. With his family, he joined Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte where he served as a leader as a Deacon, Elder, Youth Sunday School Teacher and on various committees and projects. David led a life of commitment to family, God and service to others.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, his daughter, Sarah Simpson Diebold and her husband Christopher, his daughter, Kate Simpson, his parents, David and Mary Kathryn Simpson, his sister, Kathryn Simpson Lassiter, her husband Stephen and their sons James Stephen and William Thomas. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
The family will receive visitors from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012, at Harry and Bryant Company at 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. The memorial service for David will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 101 Colville Road, Charlotte with the Rev. Trevor H. G. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Tirzah Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 7507 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tirzah Bible Society, 7507 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw, NC or Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may also be expressed at www.harryandbryantfuneralhome.com
Published in Charlotte Observer from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2012