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Gary James Simpson

December 4, 1948 ~ November 17, 2020 (age 71)


Gary James Simpson, age 71, of Wilmington, NC passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born on December 4, 1948 in Sikeston, MO to the late Walter James Charles Simpson and Mildred Lynn Simpson.

Gary moved to Wilmington, NC when he was eight years old. He lived in the Scotts Hill Community for many years and was of Baptist faith. Gary was married 48 years to his beloved wife, Mary, who he always called his “Child Bride.” He was an instructor at Cape Fear Community College in drafting design, mechanical engineering and electricity. Gary enjoyed collecting cameras and insulators. He loved fishing, especially at Ocracoke, NC. Most of all, Gary loved his family.

Gary is survived by his wife, Mary “Libby” Simpson; daughter, Jennifer L. Simpson; son, Brad Simpson and wife, Kelly; sister, Joyce S. Carter; grandchildren, Benjamin and Lila Simpson; and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra S. Simon.

Due to Covid-19 measures, no services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable contributions in honor of Gary may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare at or Eastern NC Alzheimer’s Association at or to a charity of one’s choice.

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