OBITUARY

Thomas (Tom) Preston Simpson

January 26, 1952January 8, 2021
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Thomas Preston Simpson (Tom), age 68 of Rocky Point, North Carolina, went to be with the Lord on January 08, 2021.

Thomas was born to Robert and Pansy Simpson of Johns Island, South Carolina. Tom was a man of God who devoted his life to serving others and ensuring that everyone he met had an opportunity to hear about the love of God. In 1971 Tom continued in his fathers footsteps and joined the United States Navy. Tom devoted a 20 year career to the navy as a Hospital Corpsman before retiring in 1991. Tom immediately continued in a devotion of public service by becoming a Paramedic in New Hanover County. Tom served the community of New Hanover County as a full time Paramedic for 25 years, while commonly volunteering in neighboring counties to ensure that their needs were met.

In 2015 Tom retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Tom continued to service the area even in retirement by volunteering at several area ministries including the Lighthouse Church food pantry and the Gateway Community Church food bank. In 2018 Tom began studies at the Christian Leaders Institute and fulfilled his dream of becoming a minister. Tom had a lifetime of accomplishments, but ask him to pick his greatest and you would find that what he consider finding a godly woman to spend the last 47 years with, and raising three godly children was by far his proudest accomplishment.

Tom will be missed by the countless lives that he touched but the family rejoices knowing that Tom was greeted at heavens gate by God who undoubtably wrapped his arms around Tom and proclaimed, My son you have done me proud.

Tom is survived by his wife Debbie Simpson, daughters Angela Hodge, Faith Perritte, son Robert Simpson, son in-laws Robert Hodge, Daniel Perritte, daughter-in-law Laurianne Simpson, grandchildren Ruth Hodge, Esther Hodge, Colton Simpson.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday January 14, 2021 at Coble Funeral & Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1155 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28412

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00am on Friday January 15, 2021 at Lighthouse Worship Center, 98 South Trade Way, Rocky Point, NC 28457.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Lighthouse Church of Lighthouse food pantry “In memory of Tom”.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

Memories

Thomas (Tom) Preston Simpson

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Chris Woehrle

January 15, 2021

Praying for you’ll
We know the Tom is dancing, singing in heaven.

Sheila Youngblood

January 14, 2021

Dear Debbie, Angela, Faith, Robert and family

First of all my deepest prayers and condolences to each of you in the passing of such a wonderful soul, your husband and father, Tom.
So many people, including myself, were praying that his condition would turn around. God had other plans for him.

Tom and I worked MANY years together as Paramedics on the original "B" shift with New Hanover County / New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We had a lot of fun on our shift with shenanigans back in the day, but that is how we managed stress. I got him a few times with some good ones. He paid me back as well, like taking the lightbulbs out of the lamps at the Carolina Beach station while he was standing by, so I would come back to a dark station. But our shift worked hard, and we stuck by each other, and backed each other up in tough times. Tom was right there in the middle of all of this, helping all the way! I don't know how many remember this, but I certainly do. One night he was working at Sta. 4 which was on Carolina Beach Road, and I was on a city unit, when I got dispatched to a pediatric cardiac arrest. Tom took the call for me and later told me that he did this because I was a single mother with two small children! WOW! What a team mate! What a man! Of course I checked on him later to make sure HE was emotionally OK from it (we do debriefings) and he was. But this is the kind of man Tom was! He always stepped in to help out! That's just one BIG example in MY life! He has touched so MANY lives in so MANY ways! It was an honor to know and work with Tom, and I am a better person for it! Rest well Tom my friend!

Ted Winneberger

January 14, 2021

It was my privilege to have served with Tom as his medical director. I am saddened with you, his family and many friends, but will find peace in knowing he is home now. We have been blessed knowing Tom. May God bless and keep all of you.

Jayson VanVliet

January 13, 2021

How life comes full circle, I met Tom as a Navy Corpsman when he was leaving one career and starting his next. Tom taught our EMT-I class on CPR, then helped us take our National EMT boards in 1992. While my life was young Tom and I would cross paths again when I started working in the ER at Cape Fear Memorial hospital in 1994. Tom was a great Man and will be greatly missed. Time passed, Tom retired but guess what our paths crossed again you see Laurianne was good friends with my wife’s sister growing up, my wife and I became involved in Pop Warner Football and we recruited this strapping young man Colton and I met his outstanding father Robert who at one game introduced me to his Dad Tom, well we reminisced and over the past several years we would pass each other in Rocky Point every couple months. Tom was proud of his children and grandchildren and we spent some time in Food Lion talking about each other’s. I will miss Tom but rest assured we will see each other again someday!! Many prayers and Love for the Simpson Family!

Steven Holth

January 13, 2021

May God bless and comfort your family. Thank you for excellence in healthcare you provided to your patients.

Buddy Bordeaux

January 13, 2021

I work with Tom at #2Fire Station, I was a Fireman. Tom was always had a smile on his face and was the same at 0800 or at 0300. He was a nice guy and I always look forward to him working at our Firehouse. He will be missed by those that served with him and those that he served. My sincere condolences to his family.

Joe Grisetti

January 12, 2021

I remember being involved in Tom’s interview and subsequent hiring with New Hanover County EMS and his interview snd promotion to Crew Chief. He was a great Paramedic, a reliable partner, a loyal friend, but most importantly, a humble, caring Christian man. I have a career full of wonderful memories of Tom and my EMS family. I have and will continue to treasure these memories and forever be grateful for having the brief opportunity to get to know him. My thoughts and prayers for God’s comfort to be with Debbie and the Simpson family.

Georgia Mills

January 12, 2021

Tommy was a great cousin. I always enjoyed our time together during the summer growing up. He will be missed.

Cameron Hite

January 12, 2021

Tom was such an amazing person and friend and I’m glad that I was able to have known him. One of the couple of memories I have with him was actually him being one of the paramedics responding to a call for myself when I had a major allergic reaction to a medicine. He was so nice and friendly I remember him to this day. I later remember going to Lighthouse worship center and later reuniting with him and he welcomed me with open arms. Tom was always so friendly and had that amazing welcoming smile and hugs that will never be forgotten. My prayers and condolences are being sent to his family I will forever remember Tom as a friend and someone who I will forever look up to.

Robert Walton

January 12, 2021

Just wanted to let you know, I always thought a lot of Mr. Tom and consider it an honor to have met, prayed and fellowshipped with him as a brother in Christ. He made a positive impact in my life as he was a role model for being a family man, husband and friend. I never seen him waver in his beliefs and know he was a man seeking to be closer to God Spiritually and in practice. I will always look up to him, and cherish fond memories of him. To my Brother, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Will see you again soon. Love Rob

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