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Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod Obituary, Death: Sumter Community Mourns the Passing of Respected Entrepreneurs Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod
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Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod Obituary, Death: Sumter Community Mourns the Passing of Respected Entrepreneurs Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod

Apr 4, 2024
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Sumter, SC – The city of Sumter is grieving the loss of two of its esteemed citizens, Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod, who passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Their departure has left a significant void in the community they both so passionately served.

Carl Simpson: A Pillar of the Business Community

Carl Simpson, owner of Simpson Hardware Stores, was a notable figure in Sumter’s business landscape. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Simpson ventured into entrepreneurship with Simpson Hardware, a venture that faced challenges yet thrived under his stewardship. Despite the loss of the Palmetto Plaza Store to a fire, his resilience led him to be named Sumter’s 2002 Business Person of the Year. Beyond his business acumen, Simpson was deeply involved in St. James Lutheran Church, contributing significantly to his community through service and fellowship.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, a brother, two sisters, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a wide circle of friends and family who will cherish his memory. A graveside service is scheduled for Sunday at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, reflecting on a life well-lived and deeply impactful.

Billy McLeod: A Life of Dedication and Service

Born on February 24, 1931, Billy McLeod was a renowned figure in the grocery and agriculture sectors. He founded several Piggly Wiggly stores starting in 1954 and was the proud owner of Black Crest Farms for 65 years. McLeod’s contributions extended beyond his professional achievements to his active participation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and as a lifetime member of the Gamecock Club.

Survived by three children, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, step-sons, step-grandchildren, and a special friend, McLeod’s legacy will be honored at a funeral service on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, followed by burial in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

A Community United in Grief

The passing of Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod marks the end of an era for Sumter, as two of its most prominent figures leave behind legacies of entrepreneurship, community service, and personal integrity. Both men exemplified the virtues of hard work, dedication, and kindness, impacting countless lives through their professional and personal endeavors.

As Sumter comes together to remember and celebrate the lives of Carl Simpson and Billy McLeod, their stories of resilience, community engagement, and love for their city will continue to inspire future generations. The community extends its deepest sympathies to the families of both men during this difficult time, holding onto the memories and lessons they leave behind.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. James Lutheran Church, Crosswell Children’s Home, or a charity of choice are encouraged for Carl Simpson, while the family of Billy McLeod invites friends to visit Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home for a time of remembrance and to honor McLeod’s contributions to Sumter and beyond.

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