William "Bart" Edward Simpson

July 15, 1971March 15, 2021

COLUMBIA - A graveside service for William Edward Simpson, 49, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. There will be a livestream of the service on Dunbar Funeral Home – Northeast’s Facebook page:

Mr. Simpson died Monday, March 15, 2021. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he was a son of the late William Walter Simpson and Patricia Ann Thompson. Aside from family, Will’s greatest passion was his service to his country. Will was a 21-year veteran of the United States Army, who prior to retirement in 2011, achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served time on Active Duty during the Desert Storm Conflict then as a member of the S.C. Army National Guard. Will deployed to both Bosnia and Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for serving in a position above his grade as Infantry Platoon Sergeant. His love of service carried over into every aspect of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Darlene Simpson; daughter, Natalie Simpson (“Chase Alti”) of Columbia, SC; stepdaughter, Hope St. Clair (Randy) of Chester, SC; stepson, Danny Sinclair of Chester, SC; stepfather, Jerald Bright of Columbia, SC; maternal grandmother, Carol J. Thompson; sisters, Carol L. Combs, Amber D. Fowler (Andrew), and brother, Guy E. Johnson, Jr. (Elizabeth), all of Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Kylie Ann Simpson Alti, Cherish, Denslee, Dennis, Pierce Vaughn, Hollis, Ki Price, and Jonathan St. Clair, Peyton Sinclair; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia A. Bright and his father, William W. Simpson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Red Barn Retreat, 8024 Winnsboro Rd, Blythewood, SC 29016.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021



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Luther East

March 17, 2021

Rest easy Brother. See you on the high ground. Until Valhalla.

Hope Sinclair

March 17, 2021

Will you was a amazing step dad to Danny and I. You’ve been in our life for 20 years. We know you love the grandkids as much as they love you. You always made us laugh and always made things so fun. We are going to miss you so much. You always made each Holliday fun. Hollis said she’s going to miss watching joker with and joking around. I’m so glad you became a part of our family. Thank you for all you’ve done for my mom, my brother and all the kids. Not only did I gain a step dad I gained a step sister and became a aunt that I love both of them so much and would do anything in the world for them. Will you will be missed and we love you until we meet again. It hurts for you not to be here but you’re not suffering anymore and you’re in a good place. Love you Will, Love us- Hope, Cherish, lu, Dennis, Pierce, ki and Hollis. ❤️💕😞😢😢

Tammy Meetze

March 16, 2021

Bill was always a nice guy to me in high school when I transferred to Flora. He was one of a group of guys from the class of 1990 that watched over the new kid. But was also a great dad to Natalie in our Girl Scout Troop who didn’t mind volunteering with a bunch of moms. Praying for the family especially Darlene & Natalie.

Chris Bush

March 16, 2021

Awesome friend in high school. Ultimate patriot!

Tony Burgess

March 16, 2021

Bart, Rhino 3-2, you will be missed brother. Till we meet again... love you.

Michael Kirkland

March 16, 2021

Bart was a great Soldier and leader. I will always consider it a honor to have known and served with him. He left this world to early but I take comfort in knowing he is no longer in any pain or suffering. Rest in Peace brother until we meet again.