James “Jim” Simpson, a resident of Hendersonville died Friday, August 7, after a brief illness in his home in the presence of his loving wife, Dianne Simpson. He was 75. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1945, the son of the late James A. Simpson and Mary Dorothy Hartman.
Jim is survived by his two sons, Paul (wife Heather) and Mark Simpson of Jacksonville, Florida. He also leaves behind five grandsons, Riley (wife Monica), Alex (wife Alia), Hunter, James and Cole, and four granddaughters Melanie, Kaitlyn (husband Matt), Bethany and Mallory and two great granddaughters, Kyliee and Savannah. Other survivors include his four sisters, Pat Dinkins, Mary Chapman, Shelly Robinson and Debbie Owens (husband James), step-daughter Loree Harris (husband Mike) and step-son Bill Wright (wife Beverly).
Jim was a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He worked for Florida Rock & Tank Lines in Jacksonville, Florida for 20 years before becoming an independent financial consultant to Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS). Jim was an accomplished Eagle Scout and spent many years as a Scout leader where both his sons, Paul and Mark obtained Eagle Scout as well. He also spent many years teaching Project Business at Christ the King teaching the next generation to be financially fiscal.
Jim and Dianne moved to North Carolina in 2009. Jim was passionate about automobiles, especially BMWs, Mini Coopers and Corvettes and belonged to the Appalachian Mountain Mini Club and Carriage Park “Top Down” Car Club which he founded. When Jim wasn’t driving with his friends, he enjoyed hiking with the Carriage Park Hiking Club.
Jim was also active in his church, First United Methodist of Hendersonville, and volunteered his financial expertise with The Store House food pantry, Joseph Outreach Center, Carriage Park Association and The Carl Sandburg House.
Arrangements are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home of Hendersonville, NC.