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Richard Arnold Simpson

Richard Arnold Simpson, 81, resident of 2101 Old Calhoun Falls Road, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Hospice House in Greenwood with his loving family by his side.

Born in Abbeville, he was a son of the late James Monroe Simpson, Sr. and Anna Goff Simpson.

Richard was a veteran and served his country in the United States Army. He served as coroner of Abbeville County for over 30 years. He retired as owner and operator of Simpson Union Service Center and, upon his retirement, he went to work for Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home as a funeral assistant, where he was currently employed. He was a faithful member of Warrenton Presbyterian Church, where he was a former Elder and member of the Secession. He founded the Abbeville Rescue Squad, was honored for his Emergency Medical Services in 2016 and received a proclamation for his services to Abbeville County in 2015.

Survivors include three sisters, Thelma S. Young of Pomaria, Bobbie Proctor of Greenwood and Doris Smith of Abbeville; a great nephew, Michael Smith, who was raised in the home; two special nieces, Jerri Smith and Deanna Smith; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Seawright and a brother, James Monroe Simpson, Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Greg Dixon and Marion Argo officiating. Burial will follow in Long Cane Cemetery.

The family is at the home of Doris Smith, 89 Watts Road, Abbeville.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016 at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 191 Watts Road, Abbeville, SC 29620 or to HospiceCare of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Friday, February 26, 2016
5:00 until 7:00 PM


Funeral Home
Chandler Chapel, Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Saturday, February 27, 2016
11:00 AM


Long Cane Cemetery
184 Hwy 20
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

Memorial Contributions

Warrenton Presbyterian Church
191 Watts Road
Abbeville, SC 29620 Hospice of the Piedmont
408 West Alexander Ave
Greenwood, SC 29646

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Dear Doris and family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Richard was a kind man and will be greatly missed.

HARBY WILLIAMS Mar 6 2016 12:00 AM

Richard, you have meant many things to every one that you came in contact through your life. You have helped many that came your way. your memories will live on. Prayers to all that knew and loved you. Your cousin, W. C.Bentley

W.C.Bentley Feb 26 2016 12:00 AM

Joyce and I were saddened when we read about Richard's death. Please know that we will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Richard and Joyce Strawhorn Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Family, Geneva and I were so sorry to hear of Richard's departure. I was ordained at Warrenton and no one could have been better to us than Richard. Anything he had he was willing to share. Twice he loaned us his boat even after one motor failed on us. He, Mrs. Simpson, Doris and Thelma were always present for worship and other activities. Richard was a true friend who we will always remember. Please know of our prayers. My schedule will not allow me to be present on Saturday. If it did I would be there out of respect for one who went out of his way to be our friend. May God comfort and sustain you. Our Love, Bob and Geneva Pettit

Dr.&Mrs. Bob Pettit Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He was a dedicated man in all that he attempted to do. A friend to all who knew him. It was a pleasure knowing him and working with him at times. I know that he is the arms of Jesus right now.

Bitsy Erwin Harrison Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear about Richard. I was the pastor of Warrenton Church back in the 1980s, and I've never forgotten Richard's servant attitude and remain grateful to this day for all of his help to me, the community and the church.

Dr. Maynard Pittendreigh Feb 25 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry about your loss, Richard will be missed greatly in the Abbeville County. Prayers are with all of you during your time of grief.

Brenda Scott Feb 24 2016 12:00 AM

Doris and family, Richard was a friend as long as I can remember. From going to the service station as a child to working with him at the hospital and EMS. He has served Abbeville well and will long be remembered. I know he was a Godly man and is receiving his reward. God bless you all as you go through this difficult time. Ree Ree and Donnie

Donnie and Marie(ReeRee) Ashley Feb 24 2016 12:00 AM

Doris and family, we extend our sincere sympathy on the loss of Richard. He was known for his many acts of kindness to his friends and neighbors and of course to Abbeville County. Richard's life in his church family was also filled with his service to God and his church family. He will be sorely missed by many.

Langdon and Sandra Erwin Feb 24 2016 12:00 AM