Elbert P. Simpson
Elbert P. Simpson
  • March 3, 1922 - April 27, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA – Elbert P. Simpson passed peacefully at his home in Columbia, SC at the age of 95 on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church, 500 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church. A graveside prayer will follow the service at Greenlawn Memorial Park located at 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC. Family and friends are invited to coffee and dessert with his children in a celebration of his life immediately after the burial at the Thomson Funeral Home/Greenlawn Memorial Park’s Community Room directly across from the cemetery on Leesburg Road.

Elbert, also known to his friends as E.P. and to his family as Uncle E, was born on March 3, 1922 in Monroe, NC, to William Bunyan and Ada Lilly Simpson. He was one of eight children, including Loyce, Kathleen, Ruth, Euard, Jack, Donnie, and Richard. He was preceded in death by Roberta, his wife of 72 years, and his son, Wayne. Elbert is survived by his brother, Richard, two children, James and Diane, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren, in addition to a host of other loving relatives and friends - all of whom will miss Elbert greatly.

He was a patriot his entire life. Embellishing upon his age, Elbert enlisted in the US Army in November 1939 in order join in the WWII effort. He served under General Patton during the war and was the last surviving member of the Company C 630th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Elbert and Roberta traveled the world during his 30-year Army career. After his retirement from the military as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW3), Elbert worked for Richland County’s Public Works Department for over 11 years as an Energy Plant Supervisor.

Elbert was a man of great character, kindness, ingenuity, talent, and humor. He served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Purl City in Hawaii and at Jackson Creek and Calvary Baptist Churches in Columbia. Elbert loved trains, making furniture and grandfather clocks, playing endlessly with his grandchildren, and traveling across the US in his mobile home or on bus trips with his friends. There wasn’t a mechanical problem that he couldn’t fix, a vegetable that he couldn’t grow, or a structure that he couldn’t build. His many lifetime activities included being the past President and Honorary Member of Columbia Twirlers Square & Round Dance Club. Because of their contributions and service, Elbert and Roberta were inducted into South Carolina Square & Round Dance Hall of Fame in 2004.

Memorials may be made to any veteran’s organization. Flower donations should be sent to Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.