Greensboro News & Record

January 22, 2005   Page B5, B6



Mr. Angus McPherson Simpson, 86, died Thursday, January 20, 2005, at the Masonic and Eastern Star Home.


Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic and Eastern Star Chapel, 700 S. Holden Road.  Chaplain Tommy Jones will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the parlor following the service. 


He was born on August 25, 1917, in Roseboro to the late Frederick and Florence McDonald Simpson.  He was a member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church and a former member of St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte.  Mr. Simpson was a member of the Corinthian Masonic Lodge and a former member of the Phalanx Masonic Lodge in Charlotte.  He was a retired director of Consumer Credit Counseling in Charlotte.  Mr. Simpson served  in the U.S. Air Force during WW II.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Euphie Melvin Simpson and his second wife, Juanita  Whitlow Simpson, three brothers and one sister.  


Surviving is his daughter, Kay Simpson of Dunn.


The family requests that memorials be made to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home, 700 S. Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27407 or Baptist Women in Ministry Scholarship Fund, NC Baptist Foundation, 201 Convention Drive, Cary, NC 27511.

Angus won the NC Open State Checker Tournament twice, in 1974 at Sanford & again in 1978 at Statesville.  His ACF rating was 2065 in 2001.  He was an ACF Life-Time "300 Club" Member.  Angus defended Elbert's '73 NC State Title by responding to this (article).

According to John Webster when he was a boy in Reidsville, Newell Banks stay at the Webster's home when he did his checker exhibitions in Reidsville, NC.  Reidsville had a checker team and Danville, VA did too and they played each other every Thursday night.  Angus lived in Danville at that time and played on their team in the early '50's.  (John Webster talk about 1950's checkers)

GC Swinney of the Eden area which back then was reviewed as these smaller towns of Draper, Leaksville, and Spray would let Tommy Wiswell stay at the Swinney's home, so the two host wouldn't let either Banks or Wiswell cross over into the others territory.    

Angus M. Simpson


July 6, 1974 - The Sanford Herald - Finals in progress - Tournament nears end

Deceased Tournament Players

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