William F. "Pat" Simpson, age 72, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017.
Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Southern Pines, North Carolina. Family will receive friends following the service at a reception at CCNC from 3:30-5 p.m.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cheryl Archer Simpson; son Scott Simpson (wife, Vicki) of Ada; son Matt Simpson of South Bend, Indiana; daughter Megan Fereday (husband, Chris) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Paige, Skylar, Whitni, Grant, Brady, Molly, and Thomas; and many extended family members.
Pat was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Gadsden, Alabama, to the late Josephine Fullington and William R. Simpson. Pat met Cheryl in high school in Chillicothe, Ohio. After he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1966, they moved to Akron, Ohio, and started their family. Pat's children, Scott, Matt, and Megan, were all born in Akron.
Pat's career included investment management and manufacturing, and the family eventually settled in Ada. Pat became president and owner of JP Emco, which manufactured injection-molded automotive parts supplied to Ford and GM, selling the plant in 1997. Pat and Cheryl then retired and moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina, in 1999.
Pat will be remembered as a very loving, caring, honest and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. As a passionate Notre Dame alumnus who spent time on the Fighting Irish football squad, he spent many falls back in South Bend, cheering on (and occasionally critiquing) his beloved Irish. Pat and Cheryl set up a scholarship that helps several undergraduates attend Notre Dame every year. He also served on the Library Advisory Council at the university.
In his retirement years, Pat played golf almost daily with Cheryl and his many friends at the Country Club of North Carolina (CCNC). His regular playing partners included lifelong friend Bill Seidensticker, among many others. After his family, Notre Dame and golf were Pat's great passions.
He doted on all of his grandchildren with tremendous pride. His family will carry on his spirit of warmth, welcoming and generosity.
The Simpsons are very grateful for the many loving and supporting friends and extended family members.
Please consider making a contribution to your charity of preference remembering Pat. Online condolences may be left at www.bolesfuneralhome.com. Boles Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Southern Pines will be assisting the family.
Published on  May 30, 2017