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Simpson, Daryl Gray

He attended St. Mary's School, Lucama High School and Atlantic Christian College. He was also employed Imperial Tobacco Company. He left A.C.C. to enlist in the service of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre — 3 years, 3 months, and 26 days — discharged as a Tech Sergeant. He returned home and began the profession of tobacco farming and housemoving.

In 1946, he married Mary Helen Newsome. Of this union, there were four children: Nicholas Carroll, Julian Edward, Mary Emma and Jennie Ann. He is now the very proud "PaPa" of Brandon, Brooks, Mary Catherine and Bradley.

Daryl served 14 years on the Town Board of Lucama. He was also Mayor for eight years. He was a Wilson County Commissioner for 9 years; Wilson County Social Services Board 3 terms, Chairman for one term; Wilson County A.B.C. Board for 3 terms, 2 terms as Chairman. He has also served on Wilson County Board of Strategic Planning - The year 2000, Board of Enhancement 911, 201 Sewer Board, Past VP of Council on Aging, still on Board; and on the board of Wilson County Senior Center.

As mayor of Lucama, he joined Mayor Ralph Smith of Black Creek and Mayor Seth Hunt of Stantonsburg in an effort to deregulate electrical systems in their area, in an effort to reduce electrical rates to consumers. After many meetings and much discussion, it was accomplished.

Daryl also served his community as a member of several civic organizations: Charter member of Lucama Lions Club (now disbanded), Wilson Elks Club, TPA, Wilson Moose Club, VFW, American Legion, Farm Bureau and B.H.M.A. (Bald Headed Men of America.) He is also proud to be a Director of The Heritage Bank and Chairman of the Lucama local board of the bank.

Gardening is his hobby. His joy is sharing his harvests with friends, neighbors, rest homes and the needy. His knowledge of farms and property management has enabled him to help many others in this regard.

He was honored by the Wilson Daily Times in January 1981 as agri-businessman of the Week."

Given to Mr. Simpson by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum at the Excellence in Agriculture Dinner on October 14, 1999, honoring his outstanding contributions to our agri-business community.

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