Torrence Simpson Jr. CONCORD Mr. Torrence "Jivie" Simpson Jr., 76, of Concord, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Tucker Hospice House. He was born Sept. 29, 1936, to the late Torrence and Myrtle Craig Simpson. After serving in the U.S. Army, Jivie worked as a welder at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Racing was his life. He built the first Jet Truck, the first Code 3 Emergency Truck and the first Legend Car at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jivie also built cars for David Smith Racing, Ernie Ervin Racing and J.D Gibbs Racing. Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife, Barbara Simpson; sons, Billy Ridenhour, his wife, Rhonda and her children, Jay and Seth and Barrie Ridenhour, his wife, and her children Shala, Austin and Andrew; granddaughter, Harley Ridenhour; sisters, Bonnie Mullis and husband, Bill and Ann Stone and husband, Bobby. Visitation will be held Monday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home, Concord, with a funeral service to follow at 8 p.m. in the Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Harvey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Simpson family. Online condolences may be made at www. hartsellfh.com
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Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Mar. 24, 2013.